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    How Many Drinks Do You Consume A Week?

    I went to a specialist the other day ( my ear hurt ) and this question was on the form for me to fill out. Well, I lied. I felt embarrassed. If I told the truth, which is probably 14, I felt like they would think I'm an alcoholic. But the truth is, I can't remember the last time I got drunk. I probably have a combined total of a shot and a half a night. Am I alone? Since this is relatively anonymous, how about everybody else? Do you guys drink nightly? Weekends? What?

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    Re: How Many Drinks Do You Consume A Week?

    If you count wine, beer and bourbon, I guess I average 2 drinks per night, like yourself. I tend to have a half-shot of bourbon before dinner, a glass (maybe two) of wine with dinner and possibly a nip of port or sherry before bedtime. I can't remember the last time I had more than 3 drinks in one evening, Bourbon Festival excluded

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    Re: How Many Drinks Do You Consume A Week?

    There was a huge thread on this same question (I think it was a POLL) some time back, but my searching skills aren't good enough to find it.

    Tim

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    Re: How Many Drinks Do You Consume A Week?

    If you labeled your drinking as 1-2 drinks per night, they're not going to worry about you, but they are going to ask you about binge drinking on the weekends.
    If you have heart disease, are on certain medications, or have a family history of alcoholism, they may ask you to limit your drinking to one per night.
    Telling the truth is always better. Atleast it gives your doctor the opportunity to check your liver function if he believes your drinking is excessive. BTW.....one to two drinks per night is not going to kill your liver!
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    Re: How Many Drinks Do You Consume A Week?

    IMO, most doctors aren't very "enlightened" when it comes to alcohol consumption. If you tell them you consume 2 or 3 servings of alcohol per day, responsibly and with absolutely no binge drinking ever, I bet you that most doctors will still question your motives.

    I was profoundly motivated by the 60 Minutes episode in 1991 regarding the "French Paradox." I'm sure it's easily one of their most important episodes EVER. A watershed event in the way Americans view alcohol consumption. Red wine sales shot up dramatically after it aired, and that's basically around the same time I began to view alcohol as a "preventative medicine."

    Ever since then, going on 14 years now, I never miss my evening intake (2~3 servings). Whether it's red wine, beer, bourbon, or whatever, I have to have my daily measure or it almost feels like I've forgotten to take my meds!

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    Re: How Many Drinks Do You Consume A Week?

    Most weeks I consume 2-3 drinks 3 or 4 nights a week.
    On weekends, it's sometimes more, sometimes less depending on the social circumstances of the weekend in question.
    Then there are weeks like this week where I don't touch a drop.

    My (personal) concern at the moment is my tendancy to put coke in my bourbon on weekends (it's not always practical to carry a bottle and glass to someone else's place) It's not unusual to consume 4 or 5 cans of coke with bourbon (usually Jim Beam) when I'm at a BBQ or party. Lately, the calories and sugar in coke is worrying me

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    Re: How Many Drinks Do You Consume A Week?

    For me that's a complex question. During my work week I don't touch a drop because I pretty much work, sleep, and go back to work since I work 12 hr shifts. That's 3 or 4 days a week. On my nights off I tend to pour small amounts in my glass but have several. On thursday night during our chats I tend to pour a little more liberally and usually have 3-4 but they seem to go down so much easier when talking to Bourbonians.

    As far as being healthy, doesn't alcohol kill germs?

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    Re: How Many Drinks Do You Consume A Week?

    im pretty inconsistent. The only thing that is consistent with my drinking habits is my binge drinking on Friday or Saturday when i go out to clubs. Ill usually have 5 drinks throughout the whole night, (im a light weight so thats enough to get me drunk and happy all night)

    during the week ill probably have tastings every 2 or 3 days and the amount varies between 1-3 drinks on those nights. on average, id say 1.33 drinks on those nights.

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    Re: How Many Drinks Do You Consume A Week?

    I'm mostly a weekend drinker. Once in a while I'll have a beer or a glass of wine with dinner during the week. On the weekends, I usually have about 3 shots per night Friday through Sunday. I might have enought to get drunk once a year. I also tend to drink more when I'm on travel, mostly because the people I travel with drink more.

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    Re: How Many Drinks Do You Consume A Week?

    I'm mostly a weekend drinker. Once in a while I'll have a beer or a glass of wine with dinner during the week. On the weekends, I usually have about 3 shots per night Friday through Sunday. I might have enought to get drunk once a year. I also tend to drink more when I'm on travel, mostly because the people I travel with drink more.
    This almost exactly described me until I retired... Now I have a more constant, consistant (and relaxed) schedule. Almost every evening, between 9-11 pm, I'll have 3-6 oz. Depending on the choice of glassware and whether I want one or two different Bourbons it may be in one pour or two.

    Saying someone has 2 drinks an evening doesn't say much unless you quantify those drinks, 4 oz of 86 proof is ALOT less than 6 oz of 140 proof (1.7 oz alcohol vs 4.2 oz!).

    I'm also curious about "when" you have a drink (Jeff's dialog was great!). As I said, I generally have a drink around 9-9:30 and finish around 10:30. On nice evenings, when we sit out in the yard, I'll also have a finger of Wild Turkey in a 16 oz tumbler of water and ice.

    Enjoy!!

    Ken

 

 

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