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Re: How do you control your alcohol intake?

Posted: August 28th, 2018, 9:32 am
by Andy Ryle
Chris Foley wrote:
September 8th, 2016, 12:36 pm
I control my alcohol intake by swallowing.
+1

Re: How do you control your alcohol intake?

Posted: September 1st, 2018, 10:23 am
by Mattstolz
i try to limit to one glass a night during the week, and normally 2-3 on a special night or weekend. I also try to take a night off each week. I think a consistent low intake is better than a roller coaster intake that averages out to the same number of glasses per week, and its always been easier for me to control binging with anything whether its food, alchohol, or anything else, by practicing moderation than by abstaining and allowing myself to go crazy occasionally.

Re: How do you control your alcohol intake?

Posted: October 11th, 2018, 5:25 pm
by DaveStein
When the bottle is empty, open another. If there aren't anymore, i'm done for the night.

Re: How do you control your alcohol intake?

Posted: October 26th, 2018, 5:48 am
by riaz syed
By driving. No, seriously. Instead of drinking junk whilst out, now drive and have a glass or two of something decent when I get in.

Re: How do you control your alcohol intake?

Posted: November 15th, 2018, 10:10 pm
by Peter Papay
riaz syed wrote:
October 26th, 2018, 5:48 am
By driving. No, seriously. Instead of drinking junk whilst out, now drive and have a glass or two of something decent when I get in.
Riaz, not sure if I follow your argumentation. Are you suggesting to drive and therefore limit the amount of drinks you consume?

Re: How do you control your alcohol intake?

Posted: December 1st, 2018, 11:53 pm
by jbray23
Peter Papay wrote:
November 15th, 2018, 10:10 pm
riaz syed wrote:
October 26th, 2018, 5:48 am
By driving. No, seriously. Instead of drinking junk whilst out, now drive and have a glass or two of something decent when I get in.
Riaz, not sure if I follow your argumentation. Are you suggesting to drive and therefore limit the amount of drinks you consume?
I think he’s saying only drink at home...

Re: How do you control your alcohol intake?

Posted: December 2nd, 2018, 12:34 am
by Russell Faulkner
I wake up 2-4 times a week at 04:30 to ride bikes.

Re: How do you control your alcohol intake?

Posted: December 2nd, 2018, 11:24 am
by dsGriswold
Getting older has done it for me. I once asked my father why he didn't drink anymore. Now I know and my mother only drank on social occasions, drinking alone was not her thing. Some family members on my mother's side and my brother had a problem with drink. Driving while old is problem enough, no need for complications. [snort.gif]

Re: How do you control your alcohol intake?

Posted: December 3rd, 2018, 4:41 pm
by Peter Papay
dsGriswold wrote:
December 2nd, 2018, 11:24 am
Getting older has done it for me.
That will certainly do it. I noticed the same with my parents. An opened bottle would linger around for weeks.

I wonder if drinking in moderation at younger age will allow you to stay in better health and therefore allow you to enjoy your goodies at a later stage in life? newhere

Re: How do you control your alcohol intake?

Posted: December 4th, 2018, 9:24 am
by H Wallace Jr
For me- A healthy change in diet, early AMs at the gym, and having a pregnant (now nursing) wife. I still have wine almost every night, but often just a glass. I either share a bottle at dinner with my in-laws, or watch a bottle over multiple days. On the weekends, I am more apt to cook larger meals leaving more time at the table for wine.

Re: How do you control your alcohol intake?

Posted: December 30th, 2018, 5:14 pm
by R0$$ M 0 R R 1 $ 0 N
Peter Papay wrote:
September 7th, 2016, 6:12 pm
Probably not a very popular topic to be posted on a wine lovers website, but anyway its something very important to me. To keeps things under control I abstain from alcohol consumption during the week. My wife and I will make some exemptions (holidays, birthdays, entertainment,..) but will keep it typically within a glass. You may say we limit ourselves to social drinking during the week and because of our busy working styles there is not much entertainment, ergo not much alcohol.
Weekends are different and I open a bottle for the sake of just tasting it and usually finish it off. Add in a cigar and some single malt, gush it down with some beer, have another wine with the meal,....
Its a bit of a roller coaster ride from nothing during the week and then having the feeling to catch up on the weekend.
Nice pic Peter! I do a few things, mainly centered on moderating vs restricting intake.

1) I often drink less frequently during the week but do enjoy wine on weeknights. When doing so, I keep a few 1/2 bottles from Sauternes on hand. ON OPENING a bottle, I'll pour half into the half bottle and cork it BEFORE decanting or starting into it, and save half for later. Pouring off have and sealing it is important as it is more difficult to stop 1/2 way through a bottle. Also, pouring into the half bottle on opening limits the air exposure and the remainder will be good for several days. I often do this on the weekend and only infrequently consume a full bottle.

2) Mix up the alcohol. Sometimes a small serving of Chinato, Grappa or Cognac is satisfying whereas a single glass of wine usually leads to 1/2 a bottle.

3) When at wine dinners KEEP THE POUR SMALL. I enjoy the experience of tasting lots of different wines and comparing them, but have no ambition to get drunk or drink to excess. Moderating the intake also leads to being able to taste the wines served later in the dinner...

4) Having moderate alcohol during the week (not every night) leaves me going into the weekend without feeling any need to 'catch up'. I'll often have a full bottle of wine Friday night, starting with dinner but that has more to do with relaxing after the work week and not having to be too productive Saturday morning...

Cheers,

Re: How do you control your alcohol intake?

Posted: January 23rd, 2019, 3:04 am
by Peter Papay
Looks like you have a good system going for you Ross!

Re: How do you control your alcohol intake?

Posted: January 28th, 2019, 4:10 pm
by EileenC
Began a while ago to just drink weekends. It was difficult at first because of being used to always having wine with dinner. A substitute of soda water/lime or lemon juice/ and mango or pineapple helped the craving a lot. And as a by product my skirts fit better :)

Re: How do you control your alcohol intake?

Posted: January 31st, 2019, 10:16 am
by Dave McCloskey
This month I abstained from all forms of alcohol for 3+ weeks. During the Holidays I was drinking almost everyday and didn't like the way I was feeling. I'm glad I cleared my system out, because I slept better, had fewer headaches and felt mentally sharper. Moving forward I'm going to limit my consumption to two days a week and nothing during the week.

Re: How do you control your alcohol intake?

Posted: February 5th, 2019, 6:27 am
by Vuk K
Being a stay-at-home dad really changed my habits... right now, only 2 glasses on Fridays and Saturdays

Whatever the reason - I'm happy I'm not killing bottles anymore like there's no tomorrow [training.gif]

Re: How do you control your alcohol intake?

Posted: February 5th, 2019, 5:09 pm
by Patrick T
About 8 months ago, I started using Cellartracker to keep track of my modest cellar.

About a month ago, I ran a drinking report and, wow, I'd been drinking a lot! I am the only wine drinker in the household, and it had become easy to drink a whole bottle over the course of the evening. Seeing the data has been quite helpful.

Re: How do you control your alcohol intake?

Posted: February 13th, 2019, 10:10 pm
by D. Mowe
Randy Bowman wrote:
September 7th, 2016, 6:39 pm
When I was employed, my intake was controlled by my paycheck. Now that I'm retired, I can drink everyday. Some day, I'll be able to serve as a bad example.

Well, the truth is, it was controlled by workdays and shifts. I worked four ten hour shifts on patrol, mostly Graveyard. There was nobody to drink with at 8 AM and I usually went home and slept. Day shifts and investigations assignments allowed me to bowl on Tuesday night, attend the Elks Lodge Wednesday night, play softball Thursday night, play golf Saturday/Sunday and join friends for dinner Friday or Saturday. Alcohol was included in each activity. Drinking in moderation was the control, but it got out of control on occasion.

Now we own a wine shop. Need I say more.
absolutely cracking up reading this.... champagne.gif

Re: How do you control your alcohol intake?

Posted: March 3rd, 2019, 4:35 pm
by Peter Papay
EileenC wrote:
January 28th, 2019, 4:10 pm
Began a while ago to just drink weekends. It was difficult at first because of being used to always having wine with dinner. A substitute of soda water/lime or lemon juice/ and mango or pineapple helped the craving a lot. And as a by product my skirts fit better :)
Great idea Eileen.

Keep it up!

Re: How do you control your alcohol intake?

Posted: March 30th, 2019, 8:01 am
by michael ottesen
I drink abort 3 bottles a week,so i dont Worry to much about it.remember to live.Life is short [cheers.gif]

Re: How do you control your alcohol intake?

Posted: July 28th, 2019, 9:40 am
by Tony Toto
I don't drink more than two glasses in a sitting. I always have water on hand to sip throughout and after.

Re: How do you control your alcohol intake?

Posted: July 31st, 2019, 7:46 pm
by EHeffner
I found myself reaching for a drink of some sort everyday after work. I didn’t like that so I made a rule, no drinking M-W. Usually have a beer on Thursday, and then open a bottle or two of wine throughout the weekend, with a glass or two of bourbon sprinkled in

Re: How do you control your alcohol intake?

Posted: August 29th, 2019, 6:50 pm
by Peter Papay
EHeffner wrote:
July 31st, 2019, 7:46 pm
I found myself reaching for a drink of some sort everyday after work. I didn’t like that so I made a rule, no drinking M-W. Usually have a beer on Thursday, and then open a bottle or two of wine throughout the weekend, with a glass or two of bourbon sprinkled in
Good for you. Thats a great regimen. Keep it up.

I too found it hard after a good day of work not to resort to some liquid enjoyment. It can quickly become habitual which is not where I would like to go. Designating off days is a way to deal with it.

Re: How do you control your alcohol intake?

Posted: February 7th, 2020, 8:58 pm
by Peter Papay
Does anyone curb their alcohol intake after the holiday season and practices a dry January?

Re: How do you control your alcohol intake?

Posted: February 8th, 2020, 6:02 pm
by Patrick T
Peter Papay wrote:
February 7th, 2020, 8:58 pm
Does anyone curb their alcohol intake after the holiday season and practices a dry January?
I do not, but there is a Dry January thread on this board somewhere. (Found it)

viewtopic.php?f=21&t=166478&p=2885873&h ... y#p2884915

Re: How do you control your alcohol intake?

Posted: February 8th, 2020, 7:16 pm
by Jason Hagen
Cirrhosis and being an addict in recovery [cry.gif]

Jason

Re: How do you control your alcohol intake?

Posted: February 9th, 2020, 8:32 pm
by Peter Papay
Jason Hagen wrote:
February 8th, 2020, 7:16 pm
Cirrhosis and being an addict in recovery [cry.gif]

Jason
Jason,

So sorry about your health issues. I hope you will be better soon!

Re: How do you control your alcohol intake?

Posted: February 9th, 2020, 8:50 pm
by Mike Cohen
Peter Papay wrote:
February 7th, 2020, 8:58 pm
Does anyone curb their alcohol intake after the holiday season and practices a dry January?
I’ve been doing dry January for four years now. The past three years I extended it to President’s Day Weekend. This year I didn’t go to dry January but have limited it to Saturday’s only so far in February. I’ve been on an exercise kick and limiting alcohol helps keep me going with the exercise. Unfortunately I tore a calf muscle last weekend while skiing so that is going to limit the exercise until I heal up. Thus until then I’m gonna have to watch what I drink because it has a direct correlation to my weight.

Re: How do you control your alcohol intake?

Posted: February 10th, 2020, 3:45 pm
by Peter Papay
Mike Cohen wrote:
February 9th, 2020, 8:50 pm
Peter Papay wrote:
February 7th, 2020, 8:58 pm
Does anyone curb their alcohol intake after the holiday season and practices a dry January?
I’ve been doing dry January for four years now. The past three years I extended it to President’s Day Weekend. This year I didn’t go to dry January but have limited it to Saturday’s only so far in February. I’ve been on an exercise kick and limiting alcohol helps keep me going with the exercise. Unfortunately I tore a calf muscle last weekend while skiing so that is going to limit the exercise until I heal up. Thus until then I’m gonna have to watch what I drink because it has a direct correlation to my weight.
Mike,

How did the four years of dry Jan work out for you? Did you notice any significant difference?

Exercise is definitively crucial and together with a healthy diet and responsible alcohol consumption..........

Good luck and speedy recovery with the calf muscle.

Re: How do you control your alcohol intake?

Posted: February 11th, 2020, 5:28 am
by Mike Cohen
Peter Papay wrote:
February 10th, 2020, 3:45 pm
Mike Cohen wrote:
February 9th, 2020, 8:50 pm
Peter Papay wrote:
February 7th, 2020, 8:58 pm
Does anyone curb their alcohol intake after the holiday season and practices a dry January?
I’ve been doing dry January for four years now. The past three years I extended it to President’s Day Weekend. This year I didn’t go to dry January but have limited it to Saturday’s only so far in February. I’ve been on an exercise kick and limiting alcohol helps keep me going with the exercise. Unfortunately I tore a calf muscle last weekend while skiing so that is going to limit the exercise until I heal up. Thus until then I’m gonna have to watch what I drink because it has a direct correlation to my weight.
Mike,

How did the four years of dry Jan work out for you? Did you notice any significant difference?

Exercise is definitively crucial and together with a healthy diet and responsible alcohol consumption..........

Good luck and speedy recovery with the calf muscle.
Rereading what I wrote above, I meant this year I haven't extended dry January to Presidents Day.

I've felt that dry January is a good way to reset my thinking, not specifically around alcohol, but around health and specifically weight management. Each year I lose a few pounds. Unfortunately as I get older, that's harder and harder to do. Year one, I remember thinking that a month without alcohol would be hard. This past January it was barely noticed and easy. While I'm not being militant about it, I'm trying to keep the alcohol consumption down. Mostly on weekends.

Heading to the doctor shortly for an update on the calf. Fingers crossed.

Re: How do you control your alcohol intake?

Posted: February 15th, 2020, 9:45 am
by Kevin J
From a medical perspective, the evidence for whether or not alcohol consumption is harmful vs neutral vs beneficial for health is not strong as it's difficult to conduct high quality studies to address this question.

Best evidence thus far is that no alcohol intake is likely the healthiest option.

However, for many life without wine and other drink is just not acceptable, myself included.

In this case, studies suggest that up to two standard drinks per day for men is not associated with worse mortality and disease based outcomes. Same for women, except one drink instead of two.

Plus, some weak to moderate quality studies suggest that one glass of red wine per day is healthy.

Re: How do you control your alcohol intake?

Posted: February 17th, 2020, 6:49 pm
by L.Horn
For me it relatively simple. I usually have two glasses of wine (preferably pinot noir) in the mid afternoon followed by a snack (Protein is the best) as it will level the alcohol effect;third to forth glass in the evening with dinner and a glass of water intermittently(which i finishes a whole bottle) followed by cup of tea before bed; this is my Saturday-Monday ritual . During the work week i restrain to only two glasses a night and finish a bottle in two days same routine as my Saturdays.