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Enoch
04-18-2011, 06:47
Just curious. I'll start. I generally drink around 6 oz. each night. (Generally more if my neighbor comes over.) I start with a tasting of 4 0.5 oz samples to compare and then go with one of several standards for the rest. The tastings I drink straight. The rest I always drink with one gum drop ice cube to cool it just a touch. I also drink a large glass of water with each two ounces which keeps me from having a hangover.

So what are your drinking habits?

jcg9779
04-18-2011, 07:21
My pours are usually around 1 oz. I drink three or four nights a week, and I usually have two or three pours (sometimes four) on those nights. I mostly drink it neat, and very seldom do I go with the same pour twice in a row. I just try to keep rotating through my open bottles.

Brisko
04-18-2011, 07:37
I usually have about two or three 1 oz pours most nights. Occasionally, more.

Smaller pours means I can change it up. But if I'm really in the mood for just one brand, I'll pour a double.

unclebunk
04-18-2011, 07:42
Having grown up a beer drinker, there was a time when it would have been inconceivable to me that I would be drinking spirits in the amounts that I now do. Of course it varies from night to night, but I typically hit the whiskey 3-5 times per week and the volume ranges from as little as two ounces when I'm alone to six ounces or more if we're doing a tasting or friends drop by to watch a sporting event. I, too, drink large quantities of water to prevent hangovers (with varying degrees of success) but I'll be honest: On some level, I sometimes think that the amounts I drink can't be good for my health, now that my tolerance has increased to the point that it has. I mean, I don't behave foolishly when consuming liquor (drink and drive, become argumentative or abusive, etc.) but I doubt very much that my liver and stomach lining appreciate the amount of booze that comes their way. I certainly know that my wife questions the long term consequences of regular whiskey consumption and my doctor would likely have a fit if I told him about my 3-5 times per week/2-6 ounces per occasion routine. I'm curious to hear what others have to say on the matter, as I surely can't be alone in wondering about the potential ill-effects of our hobby.

Enoch
04-18-2011, 08:09
I surely can't be alone in wondering about the potential ill-effects of our hobby.

I must admit I have wondered about this. I once tried burning the alcohol off first but it produces a really nasty drink.

harshest
04-18-2011, 08:11
I will typically have 2-3 ounces either neat or in an old fashioned about 4-5 times a week. Although recently I have been cutting back a little. probably to ever 2-3 days I will have a drink.

2highcal
04-18-2011, 09:24
I have 1.5 to 2 oz neat almost every day on a big night I will have 2 if I have 3 then I am heading for bed.

soad
04-18-2011, 11:50
my wife questions the long term consequences of regular whiskey consumption

I have the same worries. On the bright side, before I got into bourbon, I would get nasty heartburn once every few weeks, real nasty. Now I never get it, I could be very wrong, but i think bourbon has 'toughened up' my stomach and it can now handle my somewhat unhealthy diet......:skep:

hectic1
04-18-2011, 11:58
My pours are usually around 1 oz. I drink three or four nights a week, and I usually have two or three pours (sometimes four) on those nights. I mostly drink it neat, and very seldom do I go with the same pour twice in a row. I just try to keep rotating through my open bottles.
Jack and I have a lot in common...maybe that's why we're in chat together so much! :D

The Boozer
04-18-2011, 12:16
I'm curious to hear what others have to say on the matter, as I surely can't be alone in wondering about the potential ill-effects of our hobby.

Winston Churchill used to have 5-6 drinks per night, every night and lived well past 85. George Burns drank 3 martinis every nght and lived to 100, (although the last 3 years were a little rough due to a nasty fall).

tehbeardman
04-18-2011, 17:45
Sun-Thurs I'll have one 1-1.5 oz pour. One of my favorite parts of the evening is sitting in front of my cabinet trying to decide on what pour I should have that night. There are several articles around discussing the benefits of moderate amounts of alcohol on a daily basis. Usually I've seen Men that have no more than 2 'drinks' and women that have no more than 1 'drink' have many health benefits.

Now Fri and Sat nights are a much different story. Lets just say its more than my other days :grin:

ebo
04-18-2011, 17:48
I usually have 2 drinks an evening... sometimes up to 4. They are usually around 2 oz. pours. I drink all my whisk(e)y neat. Once in a great while, I will add a little water, if I think it will improve it or I just want to cut the alcohol down a bit. I drink almost every evening. I rarely stick with the same brand for the entire evening.

tmckenzie
04-18-2011, 18:14
I am kind of like our old family doctor told my daddy once. Son, it ain't the whiskey that will kill you, it is what you mix it with. This doctor had a habit of only drinking white lightning that he sent a sample to the state lab in montgomery to have tested before he would drink it. He live to a ripe old age too. So I only mix mine with a little air, and have a great big old glass of water behind it.

MarkEdwards
04-18-2011, 18:18
I almost always have a couple of 2 oz pours each night. One while I catch up on the Internet stuff, and one an hour or two later.

I generally have two different bottles open - one on the desktop for my first drink, and one up on top the bookshelf for my second drink. Don't ask me why I have this arrangement - it just works for me.

I randomly replace empties from my cabinet, and end up with bourbon, Irish, rye or Scotch as chance will have it. Occasionally I'll pour something specific when I'm in a specific mood, like a Van Winkle or a Glenrothes, but it always works out to two drinks of an evening.

tehbeardman
04-18-2011, 18:28
...Son, it ain't the whiskey that will kill you, it is what you mix it with...

Ha I like that. I'll have to use that line sometime.

IronHead
04-18-2011, 18:49
I usually have a 1.5 to 2 oz pour 3 or so nights a week. On the weekends I usually drink more, depending on my mood.

T Comp
04-18-2011, 19:26
"Honest officer I only had one !" :grin: Each persons tipping point, even for health purposes, will have great variability based on so many factors including sex, body weight, speed of consumption, food in stomach and on and on. Up to 40 grams of alcohol (three ounces of 100 proof ) is generally viewed as a safe limit for men. I know people who have had liver problems and the common trait seems to be keeping a buzz on through out long periods of each day for years and an indifference towards eating. A nice discussion about this controversy and certain studies on it is contained in a blog from a few years back here http://thelastpsychiatrist.com/2007/02/just_how_many_drinks_a_day_is.html

tmckenzie
04-18-2011, 20:10
Liver diesease runs in my family. My dad died of it. He drank probably half a pint a night. His sisters and brothers regardless of if they drank at all have trouble with the liver. My grandfather lived to be 93 and drank probably a pint a day of moonshine he made himself, I do not know he he knew what store bought whiskey tasted like. He also smoked a can of prince albert a day. He drank until he was probably 80, never had trouble. Genetics is funny.

G.H.Adams
04-18-2011, 22:45
I usually have 3 to 4 1.5 ounce pours a night neat. On the weekends I might add a 5th pour. I'm retired so if I sleep till noon no harm.

SMOWK
04-18-2011, 22:46
A half a 750ml 2-3 nights a week. Less on the other days. Usually.

bourbonNOOG
04-19-2011, 06:08
Anywhere from 2-4, 2oz pours a night. Always neat. Might toss a whiskey stone in just to add a slight chill. Try not to stick to the same pour twice, but on those nights when I pour a Pappy 15, BTAC, Weller 12 or OGB 114, I can't help but go back for a second round.

birdman1099
04-19-2011, 06:43
I'm pretty much nightly at about 5-7 ounces..... A bit more if I have people over....:grin:

SBOmarc
04-19-2011, 06:53
I really don't know. I guess I should begin to pay attention.

unclebunk
04-19-2011, 07:32
Winston Churchill used to have 5-6 drinks per night, every night and lived well past 85. George Burns drank 3 martinis every nght and lived to 100, (although the last 3 years were a little rough due to a nasty fall).

Of course. And I've personally known plenty of hardcore alcoholics and heavy smokers who've lived well past 80 but that doesn't mean they were in good health. The fact of the matter is that what was good for Winston Churchill and George Burns may not be good for you or me!

Don't get me wrong, I'm not suggesting that us whiskey enthusiasts are a bunch of lushes on our way to skid row, I was only pointing out that my current spirit consumption, and that of many other whiskey fiends I know, far, far exceeds what is generally considered the "healthful benefits" of moderate alcohol consumption. As T Comp pointed out, many variables come in to play (none more important than genetics) and I was merely wondering if others have given thought to what long-term effects our hobby might have on one's health.

callmeox
04-19-2011, 07:48
Maybe an ounce or two a couple of times a week and often less.

At this rate, it makes the size of my bunker pretty comical. :cool:

ViperGlock
04-19-2011, 13:28
I've had approx 3.5 oz in 2011...but the year is still young! :grin: :grin:

ViperGlock
04-19-2011, 13:41
I've had approx 3.5 oz in 2011...but the year is still young! :grin: :grin:


**ǝʇɐpdn** - Add another 1.5 to that total! :grin:

tmckenzie
04-19-2011, 15:59
I've had approx 3.5 oz in 2011...but the year is still young! :grin: :grin:



You might as well switch to ovaltine. Malt taste, but no alcohol. I have had more than that since 5.

jcg9779
04-19-2011, 16:43
I've had approx 3.5 oz in 2011...but the year is still young! :grin: :grin:


**ǝʇɐpdn** - Add another 1.5 to that total! :grin:

You're definitely on a roll....keep it going!:drinking:

RaylanGivens
04-19-2011, 16:44
Maybe an ounce or two a couple of times a week and often less.

At this rate, it makes the size of my bunker pretty comical. :cool:


I've thought about that reading the threads on here. Some of you seem quite wealthy and have hundreds upon hundreds of bottles stored up. I can only assume you are raising some kids with a taste for bourbon as well. :grin:

ethangsmith
04-19-2011, 16:57
I drink 1 or 2 shots (about 2oz) each night, skipping evenings I don't feel well or I just don't feel like a drink. I actually have a circulatory condition called Raynaud's Syndrome that can be largely repressed by alcohol consumption. It keeps my blood thinner and dilates my blood vessils- ensuring good circulation. It's much tastier and cheaper than prescription meds!

ViperGlock
04-19-2011, 18:02
You might as well switch to ovaltine. Malt taste, but no alcohol. I have had more than that since 5.


What'chu talkin' about, Willis?

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OscarV
04-19-2011, 18:03
To answer the threads question, to much, to often.

George
04-19-2011, 18:09
I rarely drink during the week, and when I do, it's not more than 1-2 oz. On weekends, I'll usually have about 2-3 oz. each day.

Happyhour24x7
04-19-2011, 18:27
I never really measured my pours until now; turns out they're about 4 oz or so. I generally have 2 of those a night, with maybe a smaller third, neat or with a cube depending on the whiskey and my taste at the time, 3-4 nights a week. The other nights are martini nights. :cool: And thanks to ethangsmith's lost above, I now have a medical reason for doing so!

RegChumpington
04-19-2011, 18:48
I tend to average 2oz 4-5 nights a week. Occasionally I'll double up and do 4oz but I tend not to sleep as well those nights (although, as noted up thread, I tend to not have as much heartburn as I used to before I got into it).

That being said, I've been on the 4oz/day pattern lately as I've been on vacation, and there's nothing wrong with an early afternoon pour to go along with the after-dinner pour.

MissinER101
04-19-2011, 18:52
Almost every night, not sure the amount, I drink neat from a Glenncarin filled to the bottom of the full swell of the glass, probably 1.5 oz. I'll usually have 3 a night, sometimes up to 6.

theDon
04-20-2011, 09:58
And some of you call yourselves "Enthusiasts" with your not drinking during the week and only having a half shot when you do. Bravo to all you true bourbon fanatics who have multiple pours every night and fill it to the top. Add me to that list. Drink and drink often!

Tucker
04-20-2011, 11:53
3-4 oz. nearly every day. Doctor's orders.

silverfish
04-20-2011, 12:00
Doctor's orders.

Dr. Feelgood?...

IowaJeff
04-20-2011, 12:02
If I exercise later in the day I generally don't have any. Most other nights I have about two 2-3 ounce pours on average. Probably shakes out to about 4-5 nights a week. On weekends its probably a bit more.

tehbeardman
04-20-2011, 18:32
If I exercise later in the day I generally don't have any. Most other nights I have about two 2-3 ounce pours on average. Probably shakes out to about 4-5 nights a week. On weekends its probably a bit more.

I work out just about every day after work (lifting or running). I make sure to drink a lot of water at dinner, and after dinner, then around 8 or 9 it's time for a pour. Keeps the heart healthy (I hope :grin: ).

ViperGlock
04-24-2011, 21:30
You might as well switch to ovaltine. Malt taste, but no alcohol. I have had more than that since 5.


Once again...that do you mean? :hot:

AaronWF
04-25-2011, 15:20
I've been trying to cut down the last few months; sometimes the holidays and winter in general put me in a pattern of just about daily drinking that can really start to wear on me. I pretty much let 'er rip on Friday and Saturday nights with a few beers and maybe up to 5 or 6 pours. I'll try to grab a few dry days Monday through Thursday, or at least limit my alcohol to a glass of wine or a beer or two with dinner - sometimes I'll sneak a whiskey in there as well.

It's the gin Sundays that make my liver feel like it's been in a fight...

gblick
04-26-2011, 06:50
Some weeknights I won't have any, others I'll have anywhere from 1oz to maybe 3oz. On weekends I may double that amount per evening when staying up late. Lots of water in between pours.

chefnash51
04-26-2011, 08:46
I would say 2 to 3 oz Mon - Thur, with a a day sometimes two, where I have none thrown in there. Fri - Sun maybe 4 to 6 oz?