- Quitting Drinking
try halves – you are man enough to drink them aren't you?
Mad innit? It is not like i am leathered either.
I guess i should clarify it is not like i am hanging off the toilet the next day, more like bad acid indigestion i guess. Either way a bit uncomfortable.Posted 8 years agomastiles_fanylionMember
Not sure if there is a trick other than believing your reason to quit – my wife and I went through IVF in 2008 so I just stopped dead – didn't have a drop for about 6 months (normally a 'binge' drinker in that I would have 5-6 pints every Friday, Saturday and Sunday).
Can honestly say I didn't see any benefits though – weight didn't go down or anything!Posted 8 years agoyunkiMember
I drank heavily for a number of years and was totally immersed in drinking and pub culture..
like you… my stomach finally decided that it had had enough..
just stop… it's quite easy.. but don't tell yourself that you'll never drink again.. that's just being a bit of a martyr in my opinion.. just stop making yourself ill..
if you want a pint or two… then have them.. even get pissed occasionally still…
still go to the pub if that's your thing.. I drink bitter shandy these days because I can still keep up with my mates but I'm only consuming a fraction of the alcohol..
I don't go out with the lads even 10% as much as I used to.. because they are quite boring and overbearing company when I'm sober..
it's not that hard..Posted 8 years ago
just don't be too fanatical about it..
Right….i have had enough of boozing. At the ripe old age of 30 i have decided to try knocking it on the head. I just always feel like crap the next day, not headaches etc just sick for some reason. Even if its only 5-6 pints.
I have the feeling it is going to be harder than quitting smoking, 4 years and counting now, so any teetotallers have any tips?
…and vice versa any booze hounds have any pressing reasons why i should stay on the sauce?Posted 8 years agobadnewzMember
The success of giving up booze (and there are two good reasons, money and your stomach), depends on your lifestyle. Do your friends all drink? Do you work in a drink-friendly area like law? If so then I find it's tough to give it up permanently. I'm largely going for moderation this year, but think I could knock the whole thing on the head by the time I'm mid-30s.Posted 8 years agopedalheadSubscriber
It's amazing how you get used to drinking large amounts. It used to be at least a bottle of wine a night for me. I knocked it on the head some years ago and these days I'm just careful about how much I buy & drink. Tend to try & stay dry during the week and the night before riding. A few glasses over a weekend & that works for me now. No need to give up 100% imho if you enjoy a drink. Once you've broken the "habit" of drinking a lot, drinking a little is easy.Posted 8 years agodeadlydarcyMember
I keep the fridge stocked with non alcoholic beer these days and just treat myself to a few proper scoops when we're out. I'd miss alcohol too much if I cut it out completely.
EDIT: it's true that it's the breaking of the habit of regular drinking that's the hard part.Posted 8 years agobobloMember
I gave up completely over 5 years ago and I was an 'enthusiastic drinker'. I usually stopped for a month or so after Xmas and New Year, this time I kept extending to see if I could.
You need to be clear about your reasons otherwise you won't be able to hold your nerve. I was getting out of hand and recognised the top of the slippery slope…
The benefits are: more money (unless you start a crack habit instead), less weight variation (probably nto a prblem in your early 30's but can be later. A lot of real pi$$ heads don't eat so their food is alcohol and they don't put weight on) and lastly, you feel fantastic the day after the party/get together/pi$$ up when everyone was rolling around. This is priceless 🙂
The downside for me; if I don't feel sociable (like being dragged to the Wife's Xmas do), I can't get into it when alocohol would used to help get me going. In these cases, I stay away and avoid functions I don't want to go to. Oh and lastly, pi$$ed people do go on a bit which can be both irritating and amusing.Posted 8 years agojonbMember
Don't stop if you like drinking, just don't drink as much.
I drink very little (I feel I drank enough for a lifetime in 4 years at uni). Try drinking less of more quality stuff. Enjoy, drink slowly and if you need a drink in your hand in a bar then have a lemonade occasionally.Posted 8 years agoernie_lynchMember
in fact the socialisation is most of the fun
Not if you're stuck having to listen some boring old fart talking complete shite. In which case, getting drunk like a skunk might prove to be more fun.
Like boblo I decided to see how long I could go without a drink – which was over a year. I now very very rarely drink. You won't regret it ……. you'll never think, "I wish I'd got drunk last night"
Well, not unless maybe you spent the evening with SFB 😉Posted 8 years ago
Not if you're stuck having to listen some boring old fart talking complete shite.
in which case, why would you be there ?
Well, not unless maybe you spent the evening with SFB
why would *I* want to do that ? At the risk of being sexist I don't often enjoy the company of men off bike…Posted 8 years agoGJPMember
Like others above I am not teetotal but very rarely have a drink, perhaps 2-3 times a year and even then very little.
I didn't have any specific reasons for giving up per se. Got to an age when it wasn't any fun to go out midweek and have few with work the next day, and at weekends I would rather be out riding than out late and feeling a little bit rough the next day. So there was very little opportunity to drink.
In my experience once the first couple of months were out of the way I never even really thought about having a drink again. I also find that being able to drive wherever I want to be when out socializing it a great benefit.
In terms of health benefits they are probably very subtle. I didn't lose weight and I can't say I was any fitter as a result. Although now if I have a single small bottle of beer 330ml at 5% then I do not sleep that well and can tell I have had drink the following morning.Posted 8 years agodon simonMember
Do people really find it that hard to go to the pub and just have a coke or something?
Don't underestimate the power of peer pressure. I used to get hassle from fellow reps at monthly sales meeting for drinking coke, before driving home. 🙄
After a couple of months I changed from coke to alcohol free beer, disgusting stuff but the pi55taking stopped.
Nowt wrong with giving up alcohol, give a go and see what happens.Posted 8 years ago
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