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DagobertDuck

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Re: Give Up the Hooch: Booze Free for as long as you please!
« Reply #50 on: May 30, 2018, 02:16:30 PM »
Day three, just had a low-sugar alcohol free mojito. Life is good!

I've never been a heavy drinker or binge drinker, and have no problem limiting myself to 2 beers on a normal weekday, but I did find myself drinking those 2 beers almost every night, in both good (to 'celebrate') and average to bad (to 'unwind') times.
And after reading about a study that showed that even really modest drinkers (<2 glasses / day) can get health benefits (liver, cholesterol) from quitting completely for just one month, I decided to give it a go!

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Re: Give Up the Hooch: Booze Free for as long as you please!
« Reply #51 on: May 30, 2018, 02:28:39 PM »
Honestly, I'm surprised it doesn't come up here a little more often!


I guess I'm in, too, but I never started drinking in the first place. Going on 37 years without a drop, and I'm surprised it doesn't come up more often for FIRE or for health. (I am aware that you can get all the same benefits from grapes without the fermentation process. That being said, I have likely consumed fermented fruits just because I was unwilling to throw them away.)

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Re: Give Up the Hooch: Booze Free for as long as you please!
« Reply #52 on: May 30, 2018, 04:01:32 PM »
YEAH NO BOOZE HERE (well I ahven't had a drink for like a decade and it was just once)

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Re: Give Up the Hooch: Booze Free for as long as you please!
« Reply #53 on: May 31, 2018, 12:38:13 AM »
It took about 3 months for it to become normalised for me, but 10 months in and I don't want to drink again. I am also surprised that it doesn't come up more around these parts.

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Re: Give Up the Hooch: Booze Free for as long as you please!
« Reply #54 on: June 02, 2018, 02:48:02 PM »
Day 6, still doing fine.

In those 6 days there have been numerous occasions (dinner, dancing night, party) already where I normally would have had a drink, but without alcohol they were still fun.
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Re: Give Up the Hooch: Booze Free for as long as you please!
« Reply #55 on: June 02, 2018, 06:58:18 PM »

It's been 333 days since I stopped.  I have saved a little over $400, and I no longer need to weigh myself every few days to keep tabs on any weight gain.  I replaced the single after-work Pale Ale with a glass of ice-water and don't miss it.  Once you stop, you realize that alcohol is a crutch, and getting rid of the crutch makes you stronger.


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Re: Give Up the Hooch: Booze Free for as long as you please!
« Reply #56 on: June 03, 2018, 08:18:31 AM »
I am on day 55 I believe! I am surprised how my life is exactly the same with or without Alcolol. Just as much fun, I feel better and have more energy! I also have been working out more. It was so dificult to moderate for all those yeasrs and just stopping is easier somehow.

and Austin I saved 400 at least in two months. I used to go to a little Brewery nearby and my favorite beer there was 8$ for ten oz pour.

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Re: Give Up the Hooch: Booze Free for as long as you please!
« Reply #57 on: June 04, 2018, 12:01:57 PM »
I have been a total failure at this since I posted before, but "simply begin again" as the meditators say. I guess I am starting over today. I said six months before, but I think I'll just try to get through June with no drinking at home (a drink when out is okay because I don't go out much).

Hope you all are doing better at this than I am!


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Re: Give Up the Hooch: Booze Free for as long as you please!
« Reply #58 on: June 07, 2018, 12:47:06 PM »
I'm on day 11 now and still find it pretty easy actually.

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Re: Give Up the Hooch: Booze Free for as long as you please!
« Reply #59 on: June 07, 2018, 01:05:37 PM »
I'm on day 11 now and still find it pretty easy actually.

You are stronger than most. I still get triggered here and there, especially with Summer rolling around (I love a good patio beer!). Still holding strong though, 4 months, 1 week and 2 days!

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« Reply #60 on: June 07, 2018, 01:43:43 PM »
You folks are doing Great! I do occasionally long for the summer beer on the patio, now I sub Coffee or a non alcoholic beer. 2 months no beer on Friday ( 60 days).

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« Reply #61 on: June 07, 2018, 09:41:00 PM »
Duchess how are you doing?

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Re: Give Up the Hooch: Booze Free for as long as you please!
« Reply #62 on: June 08, 2018, 09:07:36 AM »
So I got through my first IVF cycle booze free for 6 weeks, except for a beer on 2 separate occasions. So that was a good 7 weeks of no drinking. The past couple weeks, we've taken some time off and indulged some. We're headed into IVF#2 though, so after this current bottle of wine, it's back to another 8+ weeks of not drinking. Here we go again!
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Re: Give Up the Hooch: Booze Free for as long as you please!
« Reply #63 on: June 08, 2018, 09:48:17 AM »
I am in for the duration.  1 year, 10 months, 2 days, so says my counter on my phone.  Good luck to everyone else on this quest.

If you are wishy-washy, take out a blank sheet of paper.  Do a vertical line down the middle and a horizontal line across the middle, dividing into four quadrants.  In the northwest quadrant, write down all of the costs of drinking.  In the southwest quadrant, write down all of the benefits of drinking.  In the northeast quadrant, write down all the benefits of quitting.  In the southeast quadrant, write down all of the costs of quitting.  Now do a cost-benefit analysis.  Check out which costs & benefits are long term or short term.  Take a look at the severity/intensity of the costs and benefits.  Think about if there are other activities/experiences you could substitute for the benefits you might lose.  Decide for yourself whether the benefits of your choice outweigh the costs.  Only you can make this decision.

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Re: Give Up the Hooch: Booze Free for as long as you please!
« Reply #64 on: June 08, 2018, 12:23:06 PM »
Cut back dramatically from a 2-3 an evening beer habit. Found paying 20-25 dollars  for a 12 pack of micro brew,  sometimes twice a week is dipping into my pocket and not making my pants fit as well. Also started to worry I was starting down a bad road of leaning on booze. Was dealing with a lot of stress care taking for aging parents. Still going to drink socially but not at home so much anymore. Power to all of you cutting back or ending their drinking. It's not easy to do!
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Re: Give Up the Hooch: Booze Free for as long as you please!
« Reply #65 on: June 08, 2018, 12:27:53 PM »
I enjoy drinking quite a bit, but I don't normally drink all that much and I can go weeks without having a drink and not even realize it. This week I started re-watching MadMen which means I've also started drinking whisky on random week nights again. It is so hard to watch them drinking all the time and not want to join in on the revelry.

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« Reply #66 on: June 08, 2018, 12:48:28 PM »
LOL, I'm not kidding, I actually stated smoking after watching Mad Men after having quit for like 15 years, I've since stopped again. Tells you how weak we can be!

I enjoy drinking quite a bit, but I don't normally drink all that much and I can go weeks without having a drink and not even realize it. This week I started re-watching MadMen which means I've also started drinking whisky on random week nights again. It is so hard to watch them drinking all the time and not want to join in on the revelry.
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Re: Give Up the Hooch: Booze Free for as long as you please!
« Reply #67 on: June 08, 2018, 05:57:37 PM »
I'm within striking distance of a year. At this point, the benefits of not drinking far outweigh the benefits of drinking for me so it looks like I am in for the duration. It amuses me that I used to think fancy juices and teas Cost Too Much but $7 for 20 delicious beverages > $7 for one delicious beverage that messes up my sleep something chronic.

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Re: Give Up the Hooch: Booze Free for as long as you please!
« Reply #68 on: June 09, 2018, 05:45:43 AM »
This! I've got a friend in town and was giving him the bicycle tour of breweries and bars last night. Initially I scoffed at the $6 price tag of kombucha at one place and a $4 price tag on root beer at another but then I remembered I used to spend that in my first half hour of a normal bar visit (i think I can count being in two since I stopped drinking). My app that tracks my days away from drinking also tells me I've saved over a grand and haven't consumed over 25,000 calories!
I'm within striking distance of a year. At this point, the benefits of not drinking far outweigh the benefits of drinking for me so it looks like I am in for the duration. It amuses me that I used to think fancy juices and teas Cost Too Much but $7 for 20 delicious beverages &gt; $7 for one delicious beverage that messes up my sleep something chronic.

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Re: Give Up the Hooch: Booze Free for as long as you please!
« Reply #69 on: June 10, 2018, 12:39:45 PM »
14 days into my one-month challenge. Still at zero drinks! Time for a mid-term write-up:

Thirst:
I haven't craved for a drink even once. Since college, I apparently had simply conditioned myself into drinking 1-2 drinks on most weekdays and 4-5 or more at parties. I never thought quitting was this easy. Over the last two weeks, all the occasions where I would normally have had a couple of drinks were just as much fun being sober. An epic 150 mile hilly bicycle ride is still epic without the reward beer, a party is still a party etc etc. Just say no and drink something alcohol-free, that's all.

Physical & mental health effects:
To be honest, I haven't noticed any differences in sleep quality or quantity, or mental sharpness.
I do find myself recovering exceptionally well from strenuous exercise though, but that might also be due to the high level of general fitness I already had.
I haven't noticed any differences in body composition or skin quality, but I haven't been scrutinizing these parameters very carefully.
I did some literature research and I'm fully convinced of the health benefits of not drinking for my liver, body composition, testosterone levels and recovery from exercise.

I have been feeling a bit stressed and anxious sometimes lately (the 'whirl in the stomach' feeling), but that's more likely due to some weird events in my private life (return from biiiig trip 1.5 mo ago, subsequent relationship breakup, uncertainty about housing situation and doubts about future career / life path). On the upside: previously I'd definitely have soothed this anxiety with 2 beers, but apparently I can manage without booze as well.

And now?
I will definitely complete the remaining 2.5 weeks of this challenge. If I don't, please punch me in the face. There are still lots of parties, dinners and special events to come, but I know I can manage.
On the end date of this challenge (a bar / microbrewery tour with colleagues) I will limit my consumption to 2 or 3 beers and definitly not go on a binge. If I fail, please punch me in the face.

After that, I will continue to abstain from the weekday beers, and on the bar nights/parties/special occasions where I would previously drink 4-5+, I will limit myself to 2.
If I fail, please punch me in the face ;-)
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Re: Give Up the Hooch: Booze Free for as long as you please!
« Reply #70 on: June 10, 2018, 01:35:02 PM »
Setting a series of progressively smaller limits on the number of drinks per day should be an easier goal than quitting cold turkey.   Not that I want to discourage anyone from doing the latter, but let's be honest, it's hard to totally quit that kind of habit.  It's sort of like going on a diet; how long do those typically last? :-)   

I went to zero after having been on a limit of 1 each weekday for a very long time.  It's too bad that the 6oz bottle size is not more common, to help make this transition easier.
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Re: Give Up the Hooch: Booze Free for as long as you please!
« Reply #71 on: June 10, 2018, 02:37:29 PM »
I'm in for 30 days! I'd like to spend less money on alcohol and see if my workout recovery time improves/changes with zero booze. I like trying different lifestyle shifts (whole 30, vegan, raw, etc.) so this should be fun.
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