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Re: Slashing My Alcohol Spend by 75% starting now.
« Reply #150 on: January 25, 2017, 08:06:55 AM »
Oh geez. I'm a $250-300 type when I go out. But Canada and high taxes are a thing.


Nice! I did my expenses when I was 23 and found I spent 4k a year on booze, drunk munchies, and drunk ubers altogether. I succeeded in cutting that in half in my age 24 year :). Best way to do it is just skip whole weekends and find something else to do. Its really amazing how much you can spend in one night 'going out'. For me it was about 50. 30 on drinks, 10 on food, 10 on ubers.

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« Reply #151 on: January 28, 2017, 12:19:17 AM »
I am joining in!

Mr. Tuxedocat and I spent a whopping $1,106.41 on booze last year. Most of the that money was toward wine and scotch that was consumed at home/parties. I tend to buy white wine between $12-15/bottle and sip on wine over the course of a few days. Mr. Tuxedocat likes scotch and would purchase a bottle between $50-100, which would last him 4-5 months. We also like going to lounges and live music, and alcohol is expensive there.

This year, I have bought 3 wine bottles, two bottles of tequlia and a bottle of rum BUT I have not drank any of it. I like having at home incase I am going somewhere and need to bring wine. Private liquor stores are too expensive.

We have a new habit -- it's still pricey but it's healthy! We are drinking kombucha instead of a night cap. It costs about $8/L. We have a small glass of it, in our fancy thrift store-find crystal wine glasses.   

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« Reply #152 on: January 28, 2017, 05:58:53 AM »
Damn I broke my Drynuary yesterday.  But I still haven't paid for a drink in 2017.  I will see how long I can keep that streak going.

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« Reply #153 on: January 28, 2017, 07:56:35 AM »
Update: Still no drinks since a few days before Christmas. I actually would like to see how long I can go. First, temptation will be Super Bowl party. :-)

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« Reply #154 on: January 29, 2017, 06:26:09 PM »
Weekly spend is down to $22.00 CDN this week, which represented 3 drinks out at a bar.  I also had a bottle of my DIY wine on Saturday night that I split with a friend. 23 more bottles to go.

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« Reply #155 on: January 29, 2017, 06:31:24 PM »
I've only had 7 drinks this month and all were related to building and maintaining friendships.  I realize this type of reasoning could easily be applied to getting stumble drunk but the most I consumed was two glasses of wine.  This is significantly less than I used to consume.  Yeah for me ;)
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« Reply #156 on: January 29, 2017, 06:52:03 PM »
I've only had 7 drinks this month and all were related to building and maintaining friendships.  I realize this type of reasoning could easily be applied to getting stubbly drunk but the most I consumed was two glasses of wine.  This is significantly less than I used to consume.  Yeah for me ;)

Yeah I'm basically in the same boat. I've had 8 beers in 2 different social contexts. Only purchased 1 of those at a bar. The rest were leftovers from Xmas.

I think I am going to extend low drinking into February. It's so good on the wallet and my abs are looking better too. Lol

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« Reply #157 on: January 29, 2017, 10:46:06 PM »
This thread seems to have been completely dominated by Canadians. Do we have drinking problems, or liquor tax problems?

This thread is timely for me. I had to step up my efforts to cut expenses and since I was in the $200/month on booze group, it was clearly and area to target. I wasn't happy with myself about this level of consumption because of the health and the financial implications. The health implications were more than just too much alcohol - I also had many days when I probably would have worked out in the evening if I hadn't had a glass of wine while making dinner.

I did a few experiments to see if there were good ways to reduce the volume and the cost. I drank nothing in July last year just to see if I could, and it wasn't particularly hard, which was reassuring. The problem was that once July was over, I went back to the same amount. In December I saw that a local wine store had a few varieties marked way down. I tried a few and found one that I thought was pleasant enough, so I bought a dozen (extra 5% off) to see if I would drink the same amount at half the cost, or drink more. I ended up drinking more, mainly because it was in the house. Still, as much as I don't like the high tax we have on booze, it does serve as a deterrent to me.

At the end of 2016 I analyzed our expenses for the year and wasn't happy with what I saw. It was clear that a change would be needed if we were going to meet our target FIRE date. January now looks like it will come in at $1600 less than our previous lowest expenses months in the last three years. $150 of that is cutting the wine by 75%. I feel better too, and enjoyed the wine I did have more (that might be a problem though...).

Congratulations to all who are making better decisions for their health and wealth.

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Re: Slashing My Alcohol Spend by 75% starting now.
« Reply #158 on: January 30, 2017, 09:06:30 AM »
Entering week 5 without alcohol.  Fridays and Saturdays remain highly tempting.

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« Reply #159 on: February 01, 2017, 10:00:37 AM »
This thread seems to have been completely dominated by Canadians. Do we have drinking problems, or liquor tax problems?

This thread is timely for me. I had to step up my efforts to cut expenses and since I was in the $200/month on booze group, it was clearly and area to target. I wasn't happy with myself about this level of consumption because of the health and the financial implications. The health implications were more than just too much alcohol - I also had many days when I probably would have worked out in the evening if I hadn't had a glass of wine while making dinner.

I did a few experiments to see if there were good ways to reduce the volume and the cost. I drank nothing in July last year just to see if I could, and it wasn't particularly hard, which was reassuring. The problem was that once July was over, I went back to the same amount. In December I saw that a local wine store had a few varieties marked way down. I tried a few and found one that I thought was pleasant enough, so I bought a dozen (extra 5% off) to see if I would drink the same amount at half the cost, or drink more. I ended up drinking more, mainly because it was in the house. Still, as much as I don't like the high tax we have on booze, it does serve as a deterrent to me.

At the end of 2016 I analyzed our expenses for the year and wasn't happy with what I saw. It was clear that a change would be needed if we were going to meet our target FIRE date. January now looks like it will come in at $1600 less than our previous lowest expenses months in the last three years. $150 of that is cutting the wine by 75%. I feel better too, and enjoyed the wine I did have more (that might be a problem though...).

Congratulations to all who are making better decisions for their health and wealth.

Although I instinctively dislike Ontario's high alcohol taxes, because 3 pints costing $25-$30 is absurd, it is hard to deny that they are having their intended effect, at least in relation to myself.  Not only are they driving me to drink less, but I'm also spending more money in my local economy, at my local DIY wine-shop for example, instead of on foreign imported wines. 

Will likely get a $5 pint, before HST and tip, of Budweiser with the trivia team tonight.

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« Reply #160 on: February 01, 2017, 03:58:26 PM »
Progress! Our January spending on alcohol was 55% of what it was in December!

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« Reply #161 on: February 01, 2017, 07:27:35 PM »
I decided that January would be a no alcohol month for me. It was not hard to not drink, I do not crave alcohol. Once or twice around the inauguration I wanted to drown myself in booze, just to dull the pain, but I was determined to go the whole 31 days. I even went to parties and had a good time on the wagon!
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« Reply #162 on: February 02, 2017, 06:14:39 AM »
7 weeks no booze ... have been semi tempted but the next day when i wake up its quite funny how i dont miss not having them.
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« Reply #163 on: February 02, 2017, 07:16:53 AM »
Wow.  You guys are an inspiration.  I just can't quite remove the booze from my social life right now, but I am definitely reigning in the expenditure and amount. 

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« Reply #164 on: February 02, 2017, 08:40:52 AM »
Wow.  You guys are an inspiration.  I just can't quite remove the booze from my social life right now, but I am definitely reigning in the expenditure and amount.

1. i'm not cutting it out forever - my wife's pregnant so we are both not drinking
2. I thought the same thing about cutting it from my social life but it hasnt really been any issue.
     a. Had a dinner party with friends - didnt drink - didnt change the fun we had.
     b. Hosted my family for New Year's - didn't drink - didnt change the fun we had
     c. Visited my wife's family - didn't drink - didnt change the fun we had.

3. I've never woken up after a day of not drinking and regretted not drinking the night before.  i have however had the opposite occur many times. 

You should try it for a month and see how it affects your life. 

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« Reply #165 on: February 02, 2017, 09:56:42 AM »
7 weeks no booze ... have been semi tempted but the next day when i wake up its quite funny how i dont miss not having them.
That! Me too! Both on the weeks & the feeling of "oh yea, awesome, I'm glad I didn't drink last night" the night before.
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« Reply #166 on: February 02, 2017, 10:29:37 PM »
Progress! Our January spending on alcohol was 55% of what it was in December!
Nice!  I could probably drop to zero if I stocked up quite during a sale and bought enough to last for a few months. Would even be impressive, numbers wise... May have to see about that...
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« Reply #167 on: February 03, 2017, 11:11:57 AM »
7 weeks no booze ... have been semi tempted but the next day when i wake up its quite funny how i dont miss not having them.
That! Me too! Both on the weeks & the feeling of "oh yea, awesome, I'm glad I didn't drink last night" the night before.

Agreed with the next morning feeling.  It's the social anxiety/awkwardness the night OF that makes it feel very stressful to not have some social lubricant.

Maybe I should just become an anti-social hermit.  Seems easier.

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« Reply #168 on: February 03, 2017, 11:29:40 AM »
7 weeks no booze ... have been semi tempted but the next day when i wake up its quite funny how i dont miss not having them.
That! Me too! Both on the weeks & the feeling of "oh yea, awesome, I'm glad I didn't drink last night" the night before.

Agreed with the next morning feeling.  It's the social anxiety/awkwardness the night OF that makes it feel very stressful to not have some social lubricant.

Maybe I should just become an anti-social hermit.  Seems easier.
There is definitely a balance between zero drinks, properly lubricated and awfully sorry in the morning. Sometimes I wind up further on one side than the other, but I am learning.
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« Reply #169 on: February 03, 2017, 12:21:43 PM »
7 weeks no booze ... have been semi tempted but the next day when i wake up its quite funny how i dont miss not having them.
That! Me too! Both on the weeks & the feeling of "oh yea, awesome, I'm glad I didn't drink last night" the night before.

Agreed with the next morning feeling.  It's the social anxiety/awkwardness the night OF that makes it feel very stressful to not have some social lubricant.
I'm getting so much better at socializing without a social lubricant, which was my hardest part, too, and I'm loving the feeling of accomplishment that comes from a sober social gathering. It's been a learning curve though.

 For me having something in my hand that isn't obviously non-alcoholic helps (like a kombucha that looks like beer or sparkling water & bitters than looks like a cocktail) so the conversation doesn't revolve around "why are you not drinking?" - which is the worst way to start a night I feel (either I have to explain I'm not pregnant or people look at me like I must be an alcoholic or want to have a conversation about how they are a functional alcoholic).

I also try to get to parties early when I'm on the same level as other people and leave early before everyone's a drunk fool. I try to host at my house more, where I feel more comfortable, and socialize with folks one-on-one or a small group instead of large groups.

At networking events, I find someone who is outgoing early in the evening, bite the bullet in talking to them, and if I choose well, the conversation turns into other conversations helping me avoid the "i am sober and sad in the corner and afraid to have any conversation".

At fundraisers, I prefer to have a job anyway, and I have a liquor license, so I volunteer to be the bartender, which means I get to see everyone over the course of the evening as they come to the bar, have quick conversations, and I can't legally drink.  Best of all worlds.
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« Reply #170 on: February 03, 2017, 05:16:10 PM »
Well, this year's 30-Day-Liver-Cleanse experiment is completed and it took it 40 days this time around. Last year about this time, I did the same thing and it was 33 days without booze. Now I get to sip my bourbon with my wifey.

I am still committed to drinking way less than usual. Now, back to my Bulleit. Cheers.

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« Reply #172 on: February 03, 2017, 10:20:20 PM »
Well, this year's 30-Day-Liver-Cleanse experiment is completed and it took it 40 days this time around. Last year about this time, I did the same thing and it was 33 days without booze. Now I get to sip my bourbon with my wifey.

I am still committed to drinking way less than usual. Now, back to my Bulleit. Cheers.
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« Reply #173 on: February 04, 2017, 08:27:38 AM »
Well, this year's 30-Day-Liver-Cleanse experiment is completed and it took it 40 days this time around. Last year about this time, I did the same thing and it was 33 days without booze. Now I get to sip my bourbon with my wifey.

I am still committed to drinking way less than usual. Now, back to my Bulleit. Cheers.
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Ha ha I did manage to do it. Now I don't completely have to stay away until the next liver cleanse but just drink less. That is the plan.

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« Reply #174 on: February 04, 2017, 09:16:33 AM »
I had a really awesome thing happen somewhat suddenly yesterday (I received a $6,000 grant for my startup business to match $1,200 I had been saving) and I wanted to mark the occasion somehow. Without going to a happy hour to celebrate, I felt a little lost for what to do. As I sat on the bus home, I thought about what I could do:
  • Should I go out to eat? Nah, I don't really want to spend money on eating out because I'm saving the budget for when out of town guests come later this month. Also we already grocery shopped for the week and know what we're having tonight.
  • Should I go to a happy hour and have a nonalcoholic drink? Nah, I can make that myself at home.
  • Should I go pick up a kombucha or a fancy juice as my celebratory drink?

In the end, I came home, got a hug from my SO, and had a lacroix sparkling water left over from a networking event. Made a fabulous dinner, and went to the hot tub at my gym to read a book after my workout. And it turns out, that was a perfect way to mark the occasion. $0 dollars spent for the evening, no alcohol consumed, and I felt good about marking the occasion.
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« Reply #175 on: February 04, 2017, 10:02:53 AM »
I had a really awesome thing happen somewhat suddenly yesterday (I received a $6,000 grant for my startup business to match $1,200 I had been saving) and I wanted to mark the occasion somehow. Without going to a happy hour to celebrate, I felt a little lost for what to do. As I sat on the bus home, I thought about what I could do:
  • Should I go out to eat? Nah, I don't really want to spend money on eating out because I'm saving the budget for when out of town guests come later this month. Also we already grocery shopped for the week and know what we're having tonight.
  • Should I go to a happy hour and have a nonalcoholic drink? Nah, I can make that myself at home.
  • Should I go pick up a kombucha or a fancy juice as my celebratory drink?

In the end, I came home, got a hug from my SO, and had a lacroix sparkling water left over from a networking event. Made a fabulous dinner, and went to the hot tub at my gym to read a book after my workout. And it turns out, that was a perfect way to mark the occasion. $0 dollars spent for the evening, no alcohol consumed, and I felt good about marking the occasion.

That is awesome. BTW, congrats for receiving $6K.

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« Reply #176 on: February 04, 2017, 11:41:20 AM »

  • Should I go pick up a kombucha or a fancy juice as my celebratory drink?


This is me now, drinking my fancy pants kombucha! I haven't had a drink for 3 weeks now :)

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« Reply #177 on: February 04, 2017, 01:55:38 PM »
I had a really awesome thing happen somewhat suddenly yesterday (I received a $6,000 grant for my startup business to match $1,200 I had been saving) and I wanted to mark the occasion somehow. Without going to a happy hour to celebrate, I felt a little lost for what to do. As I sat on the bus home, I thought about what I could do:
  • Should I go out to eat? Nah, I don't really want to spend money on eating out because I'm saving the budget for when out of town guests come later this month. Also we already grocery shopped for the week and know what we're having tonight.
  • Should I go to a happy hour and have a nonalcoholic drink? Nah, I can make that myself at home.
  • Should I go pick up a kombucha or a fancy juice as my celebratory drink?

In the end, I came home, got a hug from my SO, and had a lacroix sparkling water left over from a networking event. Made a fabulous dinner, and went to the hot tub at my gym to read a book after my workout. And it turns out, that was a perfect way to mark the occasion. $0 dollars spent for the evening, no alcohol consumed, and I felt good about marking the occasion.

Amazing.  And congratulations on your grant!  I fell of the wagon last night and drank too much wine, but at least it was DIY wine so it didn't cost me anything extra and I still have 22 bottles of the stuff yet.  Definitely paying for it with reduced productivity today though.  That will be it for this weekend.

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« Reply #178 on: February 05, 2017, 01:04:31 PM »
Yesterday I signed up for Treehouse on a whim to give myself an activity to do on the weekend.  Last night, instead of going out drinking, I blitzed through several hours of courses.  It's actually quite fun and I'm learning new things.  It also lets me use my unjustifiably expensive 2015 MacBook Pro for something other than watching YouTube videos.

I think that activity replacement is going to be key for me for awhile until I get comfortable not drinking in social situations.

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« Reply #179 on: February 06, 2017, 09:43:29 PM »
I had a really awesome thing happen somewhat suddenly yesterday (I received a $6,000 grant for my startup business to match $1,200 I had been saving) and I wanted to mark the occasion somehow. Without going to a happy hour to celebrate, I felt a little lost for what to do. As I sat on the bus home, I thought about what I could do:
  • Should I go out to eat? Nah, I don't really want to spend money on eating out because I'm saving the budget for when out of town guests come later this month. Also we already grocery shopped for the week and know what we're having tonight.
  • Should I go to a happy hour and have a nonalcoholic drink? Nah, I can make that myself at home.
  • Should I go pick up a kombucha or a fancy juice as my celebratory drink?

In the end, I came home, got a hug from my SO, and had a lacroix sparkling water left over from a networking event. Made a fabulous dinner, and went to the hot tub at my gym to read a book after my workout. And it turns out, that was a perfect way to mark the occasion. $0 dollars spent for the evening, no alcohol consumed, and I felt good about marking the occasion.
Congrats!!!!!!!!!!

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« Reply #180 on: February 07, 2017, 07:01:41 AM »
Entering week 6 of no drinking.  It's finally getting easier, the thoughts are nowhere near as frequent as they used to be and I hardly think about drinking during the week.

We also had people over on the weekend, I was honestly super surprised how supportive everyone is.  I had hard liquor at home that I keep for guests, but no beer.  Once everyone arrived I told them what I am up to and why and said I will take orders and go to the store to grab them whatever beer they want...everyone decided not to drink for the whole night and insisted i don't get them anything.  It took me by surprise, I know if I showed up at a friend's house in my old days and there was nothing to drink I'd probably be a bit disappointed. 

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« Reply #181 on: February 07, 2017, 08:20:06 AM »
Entering week 6 of no drinking.  It's finally getting easier, the thoughts are nowhere near as frequent as they used to be and I hardly think about drinking during the week.

We also had people over on the weekend, I was honestly super surprised how supportive everyone is.  I had hard liquor at home that I keep for guests, but no beer.  Once everyone arrived I told them what I am up to and why and said I will take orders and go to the store to grab them whatever beer they want...everyone decided not to drink for the whole night and insisted i don't get them anything.  It took me by surprise, I know if I showed up at a friend's house in my old days and there was nothing to drink I'd probably be a bit disappointed.
It is awesome that your thought patterns are changing, and you have some pretty great friends :)

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« Reply #182 on: February 07, 2017, 04:20:45 PM »
Following along!

My alcohol spending was $700 last year, not including drinks purchased with meals that were categorized under meals out though. I want to keep better records this year. I also want to help encourage my partner in cutting back on drinks. He keeps saying he will, does well for a while, and then gets back into drinking again.

So far this year:

January

$0/0 drinks

February
 
4 - $14.85 4 ciders, drank 1 so far

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« Reply #183 on: February 08, 2017, 04:31:09 PM »
This thread seems to have been completely dominated by Canadians.

Aussie checking in.

Do we have drinking problems, or liquor tax problems?

Yes.

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Re: Slashing My Alcohol Spend by 75% starting now.
« Reply #184 on: February 08, 2017, 08:32:48 PM »
Aussie/Canadian - same thing isn't it?!  You like your beer over there and so do we.  The Americans can't take up this challenge because 75% of 50% of what they pay for booze isn't that significant ;0....unless of course you are doing it for health which is a great reason to reduce consumption.
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Re: Slashing My Alcohol Spend by 75% starting now.
« Reply #185 on: February 09, 2017, 02:52:16 AM »
It is 12 weeks for me of not drinking at all. I quit after my daughter was born and I am not planning to ever go back into this habit. I estimate it will save me about 3000 PLN (1$ is about 4 PLN - polish zloty) a year which equals to about 10% of our expenses.
First two months were hard for me, but now I rarely remember that such thing as alcohol exists.

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Re: Slashing My Alcohol Spend by 75% starting now.
« Reply #186 on: February 09, 2017, 12:55:28 PM »
It is 12 weeks for me of not drinking at all. I quit after my daughter was born and I am not planning to ever go back into this habit. I estimate it will save me about 3000 PLN (1$ is about 4 PLN - polish zloty) a year which equals to about 10% of our expenses.
First two months were hard for me, but now I rarely remember that such thing as alcohol exists.

Congrats! I'm on week 10. Not sure when I'll go back, probably not quitting forever but definitely enjoying the break - I have been surprised how much I have "forgotten" about booze, it's just not a habit anymore. I may be coming to Poland for the first time later this year!

This thread seems to have been completely dominated by Canadians.

Aussie checking in.

American! Booze is so cheap where I live (we don't even have sales tax) that it's almost worse because you can drink a lot for not that much money :-/

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Re: Slashing My Alcohol Spend by 75% starting now.
« Reply #187 on: February 10, 2017, 02:08:05 PM »
So i've had 0 alcohol for 7 weeks now. (wife is pregnant i'm not drinking)

Last night we had a social and dinner for a select group of employees at my company.  Drinks were included.  I've always thought that alcohol was what helped me socialize and meet people but i've realized that just helped me break the ice.  Once that is done i'm pretty decent at holding attention and keeping an audience even when sober.  And better yet i dont have alcohol to drop my filter on my internal Blunt ass holedness. 

I really didnt miss it at all.  Its really interesting how it was something i thought was such a part of my life isnt really that necessary at all.  It truly has been an eye opening experience for me these past few weeks.

I dont plan to never drink again, but I encourage many who are on the fence to just take the leap for a month or 2 you may be surprised.
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Re: Slashing My Alcohol Spend by 75% starting now.
« Reply #188 on: February 10, 2017, 08:11:55 PM »
I slashed my alcohol spending 100%.

I also work in the industry, and friends sometimes open a free Caymus on a Tuesday, but... I guess that doesn't count at all and I'm terrible, nevermind. :p

It's kind of interesting... folks in the industry often drink a ton or very moderately. I have probably a drink every two or three weeks. Most who drink go out to bars. It's bizarrely wasteful. I feel bad for bars and restaurants depending so heavily on astronomical drink prices. Most are complaining that people order water more than ever before, which is probably a good thing on the health and Mustache scales.

US draft beer though is like, $2-$6. Canadian beer prices sound like American cigarette prices (ie, tax-designed to make you quit).

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Re: Slashing My Alcohol Spend by 75% starting now.
« Reply #189 on: February 11, 2017, 11:55:00 AM »
I slashed my alcohol spending 100%.

I also work in the industry, and friends sometimes open a free Caymus on a Tuesday, but... I guess that doesn't count at all and I'm terrible, nevermind. :p

It's kind of interesting... folks in the industry often drink a ton or very moderately. I have probably a drink every two or three weeks. Most who drink go out to bars. It's bizarrely wasteful. I feel bad for bars and restaurants depending so heavily on astronomical drink prices. Most are complaining that people order water more than ever before, which is probably a good thing on the health and Mustache scales.

US draft beer though is like, $2-$6. Canadian beer prices sound like American cigarette prices (ie, tax-designed to make you quit).

Haha not that I smoke but I believe that our cigarette prices are also taxed to make you quit, probably even more than the price in many American states.

As for your comment on the industry, I totally can relate.  My girlfriend works in the service industry and the amount of drinking that goes on there boggles my mind.  I simply cannot keep up with her friends and both of us are appalled at how some people will blow their entire earnings from a night of selling alcohol to people on then buying alcohol, and other illicit substances, for themselves. 

As for my own progress, since switching to DIY wine, I have done a decent job of reducing my spend, although I have not done as great a job on reducing the overall quantity of alcohol consumed.  I am pleasantly surprised to see how this thread has evolved from my initial concerns primarily about the amount of money being spent, to a broader discussion on the amount of alcohol we all consume.  I still need to improve on that front.

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Re: Slashing My Alcohol Spend by 75% starting now.
« Reply #190 on: February 13, 2017, 07:40:24 AM »
well we lost our baby this weekend.  We had a nice steak dinner at home with a glass of wine each last night.  Neither of us really even want to drink it feels weird and different.  Likely will not be drinking still til we have a baby.
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Re: Slashing My Alcohol Spend by 75% starting now.
« Reply #191 on: February 13, 2017, 08:04:09 AM »
well we lost our baby this weekend.  We had a nice steak dinner at home with a glass of wine each last night.  Neither of us really even want to drink it feels weird and different.  Likely will not be drinking still til we have a baby.

So sorry to hear about your loss ... people don't always appreciate hard how it can be to lose someone you don't really know yet.  I hope you both can give yourselves space to grieve whatever amount you need.

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Re: Slashing My Alcohol Spend by 75% starting now.
« Reply #192 on: February 13, 2017, 08:22:48 AM »
well we lost our baby this weekend.  We had a nice steak dinner at home with a glass of wine each last night.  Neither of us really even want to drink it feels weird and different.  Likely will not be drinking still til we have a baby.

So sorry to hear about your loss ... people don't always appreciate hard how it can be to lose someone you don't really know yet.  I hope you both can give yourselves space to grieve whatever amount you need.

Yeah its tough but its a 1/5 chance so its not like we did anything just have to move on
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Re: Slashing My Alcohol Spend by 75% starting now.
« Reply #193 on: February 13, 2017, 04:54:56 PM »
well we lost our baby this weekend.  We had a nice steak dinner at home with a glass of wine each last night.  Neither of us really even want to drink it feels weird and different.  Likely will not be drinking still til we have a baby.

So sorry to hear about your loss ... people don't always appreciate hard how it can be to lose someone you don't really know yet.  I hope you both can give yourselves space to grieve whatever amount you need.

Yeah its tough but its a 1/5 chance so its not like we did anything just have to move on
I'm so sorry :( That's always hard. Definitely do what you need to cope with loss.
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Re: Slashing My Alcohol Spend by 75% starting now.
« Reply #194 on: February 13, 2017, 05:47:24 PM »
well we lost our baby this weekend.  We had a nice steak dinner at home with a glass of wine each last night.  Neither of us really even want to drink it feels weird and different.  Likely will not be drinking still til we have a baby.

So sorry to hear about your loss ... people don't always appreciate hard how it can be to lose someone you don't really know yet.  I hope you both can give yourselves space to grieve whatever amount you need.

Yeah its tough but its a 1/5 chance so its not like we did anything just have to move on
I'm so sorry :( That's always hard. Definitely do what you need to cope with loss.

Agreed--whatever space you need also obviously means moving on if that's the best for you both. 

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Re: Slashing My Alcohol Spend by 75% starting now.
« Reply #195 on: February 14, 2017, 11:16:43 AM »
Week 7, it's getting easier.

Had my annual check up.  My blood results are the best they've been in years according to my doctor.

From my last one, my good/bad cholesterol was nearing the top end of the "normal" range and my triglycerides were high.

Cholesterol is now in the middle of the normal range and triglycerides are 1/3rd of what they've been.  Also dropped 13 lbs since starting this, even though losing weight was never the intent as I exercise regularly and I am pretty fit.

Doc asked if I changed my diet because the results were apparently pretty drastic for just cutting out beer (diet is same = healthy, only beer was cut), so here we are...some evidence based stuff on how alcohol can affect you and how quickly the effects can be reversed if you cut it out.

My goal was to cut it out for 3 months and celebrate with some drinks at the milestone.  I am starting to debate not drinking is to become a permanent part of my life or if I should risk having a drink again at the 3 month mark.

Before starting this I thought life without alcohol would probably be a boring life, one I wouldn't want to lead.  With a new mindset now, that mentality seems to be doing a 180 on me.
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Re: Slashing My Alcohol Spend by 75% starting now.
« Reply #196 on: February 14, 2017, 11:41:51 AM »
My goal was to cut it out for 3 months and celebrate with some drinks at the milestone.  I am starting to debate not drinking is to become a permanent part of my life or if I should risk having a drink again at the 3 month mark.

Before starting this I thought life without alcohol would probably be a boring life, one I wouldn't want to lead.  With a new mindset now, that mentality seems to be doing a 180 on me.
My goal was 100 days (on day 78 now) with probably a drink at the milestone - and I'm also shifting my perspective. I'm realizing that booze was probably my worst health habit and the biggest interference with my goals (outside of my stupid ass rheumatoid arthritis, which I can't change, just treat). I am really enjoying being clear-headed and sober all the time. I'm enjoying not having to worry about "did I have too many to bike home, should I stay for another hour and drink water to sober up or take transit home?" I'm enjoying the ~$120 I've managed to save by doing "literally the least I can do". It feels like I got a raise without doing anything extra.

I'm at the point where I'm already contemplating if I'm going to be drinking by the summer - considering I'll be abroad it would save me money not to drink, but being in Belgium it's hard to pass up a beer.

I'm not seeking advice, it's just interesting to think I like this shift enough that I am already thinking about skipping out on booze in the land of great beer.

This is the first time an extended break from alcohol has had this effect. Every other time I've stopped drinking intentionally for longer than a month, it was because of medication. Now that I have a medication I *can* drink on, I think maybe that's letting me feel some agency in the choice to stop imbibing.
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Re: Slashing My Alcohol Spend by 75% starting now.
« Reply #197 on: February 14, 2017, 12:28:47 PM »
Thanks for posting, it's always great to see others going through the same thing and sharing their perspective.

I have nothing against drinking, my biggest issue is that I am obsessive, with that personality come habits like not being able to moderate certain things.  If I put my mind to something, I go in 200% with laser focus, doesn't matter what it is and it gets accomplished - main reason I've been successful in my career and other achievements.  The bad side to it is that I can form bad habits such as drinking (self medicating - turn off the obsessiveness), which makes it super hard to moderate.  It's easy to either not drink or to drink, but the middle ground is a tough one for me.  Kudos to all who can, for the rest of us it's a matter of making a decision and redesigning life around it.

I too don't know what to do, I am leaning towards not drinking at my milestone either.
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Re: Slashing My Alcohol Spend by 75% starting now.
« Reply #198 on: February 14, 2017, 12:46:51 PM »
Thanks for posting, it's always great to see others going through the same thing and sharing their perspective.

I have nothing against drinking, my biggest issue is that I am obsessive, with that personality come habits like not being able to moderate certain things.  If I put my mind to something, I go in 200% with laser focus, doesn't matter what it is and it gets accomplished - main reason I've been successful in my career and other achievements.  The bad side to it is that I can form bad habits such as drinking (self medicating - turn off the obsessiveness), which makes it super hard to moderate.  It's easy to either not drink or to drink, but the middle ground is a tough one for me.  Kudos to all who can, for the rest of us it's a matter of making a decision and redesigning life around it.
I have a similar personality - I am exceptional at "all or nothing" focus.

I did 4 days of no drinking every week for a few years, and that worked pretty well as far as a middle ground, but I was still averaging 1.1 drinks a day of booze, which meant I was having 2-2.5 on my "drinking" days. Not bad, not destructive or obsessive, but not my ideal scenario.

My biggest issue is redoing my relationship with free alcohol - I have a lot of trouble saying no because I LIKE FREE THINGS, but free beer is abundant at all the tech events I am at in my town.

Finally, I feel like I'm making ground on gracefully declining free booze (medication interactions made it easy, but I want to normalize sobriety instead of pretending I'm not drinking because of medication). I'm getting better at socializing/networking when sober (a huge part of my job in the past). The thing I hate is having to answer completely inappropriate questions about my womb status because I don't have a drink in my hand (tech is so clueless and so male sometimes.)

Part of me wants to see how long I can go. But I can probably go forever. But do I really want to be sober forever? Maybe, maybe not.


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Re: Slashing My Alcohol Spend by 75% starting now.
« Reply #199 on: February 18, 2017, 08:59:04 PM »
Update, did Drynuary thru the 27th and broke.  Had friends come in town from out of town and went out last Friday.  Total alcohol spending in 2017 thru 2-18 $47. 

At current rate projected total for 2017 $350, seems very reasonable to me.  However, summer boats drinks and football season beers/bourbon usually add the most to this so I will need to stay the course.