How can I stop drinking so much when out at the bars?

  • ChicagoCarl

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    Mar 09, 2011 5:51 PM GMT
    When I am at home with a glass of wine or jack and diet coke I can moderate myself. If I have beer at home I also can maintain a sensible level.

    When I am at the bar it is another story. I would say I drink like a fish, but I drink like a school of them. This is not only detrimental for maintaining a healthy diet that I have worked so hard towards, but it inhibits me from making the best decisions in regards to sex.

    I know moderation is key, but any suggestions or personal experiences that helped you keep your social life the same without a large quanity of alcohol?

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    Mar 09, 2011 7:46 PM GMT
    How about trying this technique? Go ahead and have a cocktail, beer, wine etc. but then make sure you drink at least TWO LARGE nonalcoholic drinks before you can have another containing alcohol.
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    Mar 10, 2011 3:48 AM GMT
    Go straight-edge. icon_smile.gif
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    Mar 10, 2011 3:50 AM GMT
    I have that problem too. I always feel awkward not having a drink in my hand. Lately I've been trying to chill out with my drinking, so while at the bar I'll have a drink, and then get a glass of water or even tonic water. It keeps you hydrated and keeps you from drinking as much.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Mar 10, 2011 3:52 AM GMT
    I have a soft drink in my hand.
  • alphatop

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    Mar 10, 2011 3:54 AM GMT
    ChicagoCarl saidWhen I am at home with a glass of wine or jack and diet coke I can moderate myself. If I have beer at home I also can maintain a sensible level.

    When I am at the bar it is another story. I would say I drink like a fish, but I drink like a school of them. This is not only detrimental for maintaining a healthy diet that I have worked so hard towards, but it inhibits me from making the best decisions in regards to sex.

    I know moderation is key, but any suggestions or personal experiences that helped you keep your social life the same without a large quanity of alcohol?



    Yeah, use cokeicon_twisted.gif
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    Mar 10, 2011 3:57 AM GMT
    How about your pregame before you go out and drink the amount you want to? Then don't bring money or just 5 or 10 dollars which won't buy you much. That's what I used to do! Now I just pregame and get smashed before I go out so its just the same difference, only easier on my wallet. But then again, I don't make bad sex choices when I am drunk...

    I just accepted the fact that I am going to get hammered when I go to a bar because its more fun, I just don't go as often anymore
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    Mar 10, 2011 4:06 AM GMT
    I don't even understand why people have problems like this, it makes no sense.

    You could just not order as many drinks. Or even try not drinking alcoholic drinks.
    Obvious advice is obvious.
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    Mar 10, 2011 4:21 AM GMT
    Bring only cash with you. I bring 20 bucks with me and enough for the admission fee if I don't get in free. Once that 20 bucks is up. Boom. Done. Problem solved.
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    Mar 10, 2011 4:25 AM GMT
    Try to analyze why you drink so much when you are out... are you avoiding something and replacing it with alcohol?
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    Mar 10, 2011 4:28 AM GMT
    Have your first drink....but the next drink should be tonic water,,,,,,it doesn't take good....so you drink it slowly.

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    Mar 10, 2011 4:30 AM GMT
    Stop drinking like a fish and more like a NURSE.
  • needleninja

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    Mar 10, 2011 4:40 AM GMT
    stop going to the bar....
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    Mar 10, 2011 4:43 AM GMT
    Work quickly so it doesn't take you until last call to pick up your ho.
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    Mar 10, 2011 4:45 AM GMT
    Realize that your brain comes with willpower and all you have to do is make a simple decision to "moderate" your drinks throughout the night. No deep secrets on this...
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    Mar 10, 2011 4:48 AM GMT
    Ask for a Shirley Temple and call it a night. Or as for "Girly" type drinks Skinny tinis, Rhubarb cocktail, or Nutty Irishman.
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    Mar 10, 2011 5:00 AM GMT
    stang0034 saidRealize that your brain comes with willpower and all you have to do is make a simple decision to "moderate" your drinks throughout the night. No deep secrets on this...
    QFT
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    Mar 10, 2011 12:48 PM GMT
    ChicagoCarl saidI know moderation is key, but any suggestions or personal experiences that helped you keep your social life the same without a large quanity of alcohol?
    Quit your job.
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  • ChicagoCarl

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    Mar 10, 2011 1:45 PM GMT
    Thanks for the advice and the respectful answers. There is probably some underlying reason to keep drinking. I know I feel more approachable when I have tipped back a few and have more balls to actually talk to someone.

    I do like the ideas of the faux drink in hand. Quitting the job, I wish!

    The one thing I do tell myself is that if I don't get drunk I can still get up early enough to hit the gym.
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    Mar 10, 2011 1:53 PM GMT
    pelicanfly saidBring only cash with you. I bring 20 bucks with me and enough for the admission fee if I don't get in free. Once that 20 bucks is up. Boom. Done. Problem solved.


    I always leave the CC/Atm in the car and walk in with only cash. about 20/30 dollars is enough for me to pay cover and at least buy some interesting guy a drink.

    (experence shows you should never buy a guy more than one drink)
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    Mar 10, 2011 1:59 PM GMT
    yeah its a big problem not only for you! during im drinking some alcohol,im drinking at the same time mineral water or juice...its maintaine your body hydrated and youll not drink so much