Alcohol

  • ChicagoSteve

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    Sep 08, 2013 3:14 AM GMT
    I am someone who has worked out for years, since my teens, I've always been careful about my diet. However within the last 10 years or so I have alcohol on a daily basis, wine to be exact. I really want to quit or at least not drink everyday. I currently drink 2 glasses of wine daily, sometimes more on weekends. I feel it's not healthy and I think it's keeping me from losing the 10 pounds I want to shed to get leaner. I've tried to quit cold turkey but have had success maybe for a few days and that's it. What's the most effective way to quit a habit like this? How do you retrain yourself mentally?
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    Sep 08, 2013 3:19 AM GMT
    Hate to bring this up, but is alcoholism a possibility?
  • ChicagoSteve

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    Sep 08, 2013 3:24 AM GMT
    Scruffypup saidHate to bring this up, but is alcoholism a possibility?


    I don't think so really because I have 2 glasses and that's it, but it's something I look forward to on a daily basis to help unwind.
  • AMoonHawk

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    Sep 08, 2013 3:27 AM GMT
    You can only replace one habit with another. Instead of wine, try an herbal tea, or non-alcoholic sparkling grape juice ... or some other juice you really like. There is an exact about of days that it takes to kick a habit, I believe it is 21, once you get past the 21st day you should no longer have a craving.
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    Sep 08, 2013 3:28 AM GMT
    I don't know how scientific this is, but when my ex was having trouble not drinking beer each night, his therapist told him that frequency has nothing to do with alcoholism. It could also be the sugar you've become accustomed to, since alcohol is liquid sugar. Maybe try having a candy bar in place of the wine each night and see if it's any easier to get off the wine. At least that could give you a clue as to wether you're dealing with alcoholism or just a sugar craving.
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    Sep 08, 2013 3:29 AM GMT
    AMoonHawk saidYou can only replace one habit with another. Instead of wine, try an herbal tea, or non-alcoholic sparkling grape juice ... or some other juice you really like. There is an exact about of days that it takes to kick a habit, I believe it is 21, once you get past the 21st day you should no longer have a craving.



    That's crazy talk. It's 22! icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Sep 08, 2013 3:30 AM GMT
    sounds like me. I love a couple of glasses of red wine per day. I dont drink any other booze. I try to stick to the guidelines of no more than 14 drinks per week. "they" say that is a healthy amount. What ever that means.
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    Sep 08, 2013 3:32 AM GMT
    Honey, that's "FUNCTIONING" alcoholism. hahaah
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    Sep 08, 2013 3:37 AM GMT
    hairyandym saidsounds like me. I love a couple of glasses of red wine per day. I dont drink any other booze. I try to stick to the guidelines of no more than 14 drinks per week. "they" say that is a healthy amount. What ever that means.



    14 drinks a week??? icon_eek.gif Damn, I don't drink that much in a whole year!
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    Sep 08, 2013 3:44 AM GMT
    Dang, according to these guy your an addict, I guess all roman Catholics are alcoholic.
    Yeah, if you just can't live with out it, maybe; but really, two glasses?
    Substitute Red Bull or what ever; see if you really can't make it, but don't think it will help with the weight loss--stop buying bread.
    The wine may actually be helping.
    If it helps you relax and get better sleep: I would think its better, but then again, everyone would rather take a pill now a days and trust that it won't be the cause for dialysis in a few years.
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    Sep 08, 2013 3:45 AM GMT
    Since I had major alcoholism in my family I was never into drinking until my late 20's.Then I could go out and get wasted but I never needed or had the urge for a drink.Unfortunately I get gout attacks so drinking is out other than the occassional wine.I would say slowly cut down to one glass of wine a night,then one ever other night .I don't see why you have to stop all together unless you think you have a problem.Ryan.
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    Sep 08, 2013 3:47 AM GMT
    In reply to Dustin comments that all Catholics are drunks.Maybe all southerners eat possums and fuck their sisters.Fuck off dickhead.

  • Sep 08, 2013 3:56 AM GMT
    What about 14 drinks a day? icon_lol.gif
  • Fable

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    Sep 08, 2013 3:56 AM GMT
    lol you're not an alcoholic.

    Most people this side of the pond go for a pint/wine or two after work. its normal.

    don't worry about it.
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    Sep 08, 2013 4:00 AM GMT
    I think it's a generally accepted belief nowadays that having 1-2 glass of wine (or any alcohol, in a moderate amount) has some important benefits alongside the general disadvantages of consuming alcohol. As long as you are limiting the amount of alcohol you consume to two "standard" servings per day (equivalent of 10 oz of wine, or 24 oz of beer), your habit of drinking should not be harmful to your health.

    BUT, if you actually look forward to consuming alcohol on a daily basis, then there is definitely a potential of this habit of yours turning into alcoholism. Alcohol is actually a depressant and can make things worse for you if you already have clinical depression. I am no health expert, but I know from personal experiences that developing any level of dependence on alcohol to find comfort from stress/other grievances can turn ugly pretty fast.

    I think what you need to do is to find another way to unwind and try not to develop the mindset of seeing alcohol as a tool for relieving stress. Going for a good jog or any form of exercise that can get your heart racing is fantastic for stress-relief after a long day of work; watching something funny that can get you laughing hard can give you quick reliefs as well.
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    Sep 08, 2013 4:01 AM GMT
    hairyandym saidsounds like me. I love a couple of glasses of red wine per day. I dont drink any other booze. I try to stick to the guidelines of no more than 14 drinks per week. "they" say that is a healthy amount. What ever that means.



    Yea, 14 drinks a week. Sounds like a ton. But these are the current guides. I just went through a course about this lol
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    Sep 08, 2013 3:55 PM GMT
    My method for quitting/cutting down...make a special trip to the store to buy whatever is "bad for you" but crave. Take out one serving and consume it. Throw the rest down the drain or in the trash. Or better yet, the toilet. Cigarettes. Ice cream. Booze. Whatever.

    Making things more expensive is one benefit. How many glasses of wine do you want when you have to make a special trip to the store for each one, and they cost $10-20?

    But the psychological power in "destroying" the desired object is huge. When I take an almost full container of ice cream and scoop it into the toilet....I feel very satisfied. Its gross seeing it there. I feel good that I didn't put that into my body. My internal organs have been saved from processing all that junk to become belly fat. Next time I'm in the store, I see it for what it really is.


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    Sep 08, 2013 3:56 PM GMT
    Scruffypup saidHate to bring this up, but is alcoholism a possibility?
    Gurl, if that is alcoholism, then I don't even want to know what I have!
  • marco_f

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    Sep 08, 2013 4:15 PM GMT
    ChicagoSteve saidI am someone who has worked out for years, since my teens, I've always been careful about my diet. However within the last 10 years or so I have alcohol on a daily basis, wine to be exact. I really want to quit or at least not drink everyday. I currently drink 2 glasses of wine daily, sometimes more on weekends. I feel it's not healthy and I think it's keeping me from losing the 10 pounds I want to shed to get leaner. I've tried to quit cold turkey but have had success maybe for a few days and that's it. What's the most effective way to quit a habit like this? How do you retrain yourself mentally?
    Actually research shows that a glass of red wine once a day helps with your blood cells.
  • iuguy5

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    Sep 08, 2013 4:29 PM GMT
    If it's just two glasses, i'd say keep it up. It's good for your heart. And don't drink more on the weekends. They make some decent low-calorie/low-carb wines these days...they aren't really good but you can drink them lol. I don't drink at all anymore and I actually gained weight, though I feel better otherwise.
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    Sep 08, 2013 4:38 PM GMT
    I don't think it's alcoholism, I wouldn't pay attention to that unless you utilize it to ignore problems or when times get though. Having a glass or two is fine. I'm not a doctor, tho. But I suppose you just need to prioritize your wants and needs. I think replacing it every other day with something, like others have said, else is really smart. If the wine is really there to help you unwind...someone mentioned tea - research different kinds of teas that are meant to reduce tensions, help you relax, etc. There are even some teas that aid in digestion, weight management and could help your fitness goals.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Sep 08, 2013 4:39 PM GMT
    ChicagoSteve saidI am someone who has worked out for years, since my teens, I've always been careful about my diet. However within the last 10 years or so I have alcohol on a daily basis, wine to be exact. I really want to quit or at least not drink everyday. I currently drink 2 glasses of wine daily, sometimes more on weekends. I feel it's not healthy and I think it's keeping me from losing the 10 pounds I want to shed to get leaner. I've tried to quit cold turkey but have had success maybe for a few days and that's it. What's the most effective way to quit a habit like this? How do you retrain yourself mentally?



    Just because you enjoy a glass or two of wine per night doesn't make one an alcoholic --- though it could lead to that. I found that I was attracted to the ritual of opening a bottle of wine and just relaxing at the end of the day to unwind with a glass. However, and I know it's sounds crazy, but try some Pelligrino with lime or orange slices in it served in a wine glass with ice, or even better making a nice cup of camomile tea with honey instead. I kept the ritual, just changed the ingredients. Worked for me. I still do enjoy a glass or two of wine when out for a nice dinner...just not every night. Also, it is most definitely probably what is keeping you from losing that 10 lbs
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    Sep 08, 2013 4:51 PM GMT
    I buy my weekly groceries online, which includes 1 bottle of wine. That doesn't even run to a glass per day. If it ain't there, you can't drink it. Set yourself a limit of 1 glass with dinner.
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    Sep 08, 2013 6:01 PM GMT
    My problem isn't the glass of red wine after dinner... it's the dark chocolate and such that has to go with it icon_redface.gif

    And bedtime probably isn't the best time to be sucking down empty calories.

    Anyway, I find that ice water with a wedge of lemon squeezed into it is a tasty substitute for carb-loaded drinks. Sometimes bags of lemons can be had fairly cheaply at the supermarket.
  • Import

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    Sep 08, 2013 6:09 PM GMT
    so what?
    U have 2 glasses of wine a night?
    Big deal. Stop listening to these bitches calling you an alcoholic. They can go fuck themselves. Fuck them. And fuck their stigmas

    I dont feel as if 2 glasses of wine a night is that big of a deal. Stop letting everyone make u feel bad about. I mean, you're a big guy, im sure 2 glasses of wine doesn't negatively affect u. Just go wth it.

    Kris Jenner drinks wine every night and smokes a cigg.. Look how fab she looks.