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« Reply #200 on: February 18, 2017, 09:03:02 PM »
Also, if you are interested - after I found this thread and attempted a Drynuary, I stumbled upon this podcast epidsode of Radical Personal Finance.  Decent epidsode to keep motivation imho.

https://radicalpersonalfinance.com/drunkenness-destroys-wealth/

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« Reply #201 on: February 20, 2017, 08:05:56 AM »
so after the MC.  we have added some beer and wine back in ... but i dont look at it the same way at all.  i have 1 maybe to glasses on a weekend night.  thats it.  i go by the liquor store and try the free samples on friday after work.  then dont drink at all at home friday.  then maybe a glass saturday maybe not. 

I truly feel more freedom now than i ever have before.  events where i once though alcohol was necessary its not really at all.  I have much more productive weekends.  my relationship with my wife is better. 

total alcohol spending this year 20 - home - 13 bars.  33 bucks thru 2 months.  huge decrease i expect to go down farther.
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« Reply #202 on: February 20, 2017, 05:32:18 PM »
My tally this year has been:

$25 on a bottle for a friend
$35 on a bottle of spirits for me, of which I had one or two drinks before falling ill with something that meant no booze.

I still have whiskey, rum, bourbon, vodka, gin, port, brandy, kirsch, limoncello, Bailey's, a boutique coffee liqueur, champagne, cider, multiple bottles of red and white, and two different types of beer in the house.

My goal of zero alcohol spending in March is probably doable...

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« Reply #203 on: February 21, 2017, 02:18:33 PM »
My SSO just finished a serious upgrade a cocktail pouring robot he made (Barbot). I'm so proud of him but actually not tempted to drink at all. I can just enjoy showing it off.

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« Reply #204 on: February 22, 2017, 02:00:46 PM »
My SSO just finished a serious upgrade a cocktail pouring robot he made (Barbot). I'm so proud of him but actually not tempted to drink at all. I can just enjoy showing it off.

Wait....your SSO built a robot that pours drinks?  Can we get pictures or are you guys keeping it under wraps to patent?  That sounds awesome.  Presumably it could also make non-alcoholic cocktails?

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« Reply #205 on: February 24, 2017, 07:12:49 AM »
Week 8 of no drinking is almost wrapped up.

Thoughts so far...

The immediate benefits of not drinking have now "worn off" in the sense that that I no longer feel better (than the previous day) with every passing day.  The low hanging fruit has been collected and the "noob gains" have been achieved.  Now it's more of a stable existence.

I am finding new ways to integrate into social situations when others are drinking and I am not.  Telling someone "oh yea, just go out and have a coke, or something non alcoholic" doesn't work, at least easier said than done.  Avoid the situation all together for as long as you feel you need to.  I'd say the first 6 weeks it was mandatory for me, now I can easily integrate even when others are drinking without feeling urges to drink.

On the weakness front, the good weather is really challenging my willpower.  I was out for a run last Friday when it was nice out, my neighbour saw me and called me over, invited me for a beer and I almost caved.  What's one beer right?  Not the point though.

All in all the honeymoon stage of improvements post drinking seems to be tapering off, now it's about maintaining which isn't as sexy, it's more of a grind, but it is an easier mental grind.

Will keep updating as time passes :)
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« Reply #206 on: February 24, 2017, 07:45:50 AM »
You guys are all an inspiration.  Somewhat embarrassed to report that, despite starting this thread, the last two weeks have been complete collapses of willpower.  Tomorrow is another day though, and I'll keep trying!   

I've realized that I have one friend in particular that accounts for almost all of my drinking, so I need to either avoid this person temporarily. or find non-alcoholic activities for us to do. 

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« Reply #207 on: February 24, 2017, 07:57:07 AM »
we have integrated a couple drinks a week back into our schedule til my wife is back on her normal cycle and we can start trying to have a family again. 

this is way off our peak of 2 bottles of wine per night.  and our avg of one bottle per night.  we're now drinking as much or less per week than we used to average a night.

and honestly i dont really miss it.
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« Reply #208 on: February 24, 2017, 08:43:29 AM »
You guys are all an inspiration.  Somewhat embarrassed to report that, despite starting this thread, the last two weeks have been complete collapses of willpower.  Tomorrow is another day though, and I'll keep trying!   

I've realized that I have one friend in particular that accounts for almost all of my drinking, so I need to either avoid this person temporarily. or find non-alcoholic activities for us to do.

As long as you are honest with yourself and don't abandon the idea regardless of failures you will succeed to whatever your terms of success are.

I felt a lot like you when I tried to moderate to weekends only (for years), it was not possible.  A few small wins here and there, but over time back to square one.

I am not saying what I am doing now will work either, in fact I have no idea how to handle the future and I still debate if I am going to drink at my 3 month milestone, but the silver lining here is that with every  passing day your confidence that you are capable of sticking to your word builds you up...I was not able to achieve that level of confidence with my moderation attempts, ever.

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« Reply #209 on: February 24, 2017, 01:31:41 PM »
You guys are all an inspiration.  Somewhat embarrassed to report that, despite starting this thread, the last two weeks have been complete collapses of willpower.  Tomorrow is another day though, and I'll keep trying!   

I've realized that I have one friend in particular that accounts for almost all of my drinking, so I need to either avoid this person temporarily. or find non-alcoholic activities for us to do.

As long as you are honest with yourself and don't abandon the idea regardless of failures you will succeed to whatever your terms of success are.

I felt a lot like you when I tried to moderate to weekends only (for years), it was not possible.  A few small wins here and there, but over time back to square one.

I am not saying what I am doing now will work either, in fact I have no idea how to handle the future and I still debate if I am going to drink at my 3 month milestone, but the silver lining here is that with every  passing day your confidence that you are capable of sticking to your word builds you up...I was not able to achieve that level of confidence with my moderation attempts, ever.

i agree with most of this as well.  My personal issue with anything that society deems "addictive" is that its only addictive to me ina sense of the atmosphere.  So all i have to do is prove i can operate in that atmosphere without it and its pretty easy to let anything go.  I've been thru many different cycles in my life with different things and i personally have what many would call and addictive personality.  but its only addictive to me so long as i see a real benefit.  and removing whatever it was for some time makes things quickly become apparent if there was a true benefit to whatever that act was.  and more often than not i find its not really beneficial and i enjoy my time without what ever it was.  But i can always go back to it in moderation once i've crossed that bridge of removal for some amount of time for whatever reason. 
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« Reply #210 on: February 26, 2017, 10:18:37 AM »
Well February is basically over at least as far as drinking goes.  Time to tally the drinks.

-1/2 bottle of wine with a friend over dinner with their family & kids
-1 pint of tasters after a day skiing
-1 pint at home after getting home from said day of skiing
-1 pint sitting at home alone with no particular purpose
-1 pint at Canucks game

Total = 9 drinks (count pints as 1.5)

My relationship with alcohol is changing.  By drinking less I have become very conscious of whether I am truly enjoying the drink or that it's just a habit I thought was delivering happiness. 

The 1/2 bottle of wine was very enjoyable over dinner.  To use YMOYL terminology it added to my fulfillment.  Same with the pint at the bar with my friend after skiing.  The pint at home added no fulfillment and I recognized it when I drank it.  Same with the one that had no particular purpose.  The pint at the Canucks game felt like 'the thing to do' with a friend.  I cut my drinking right after that one.  He had 4 pints, I had 1.  It felt fine socially. 

So, in summary I could cut this month's drinking down to 6 drinks that I really enjoyed. 
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« Reply #211 on: February 27, 2017, 08:08:07 AM »
Well February is basically over at least as far as drinking goes.  Time to tally the drinks.

-1/2 bottle of wine with a friend over dinner with their family & kids
-1 pint of tasters after a day skiing
-1 pint at home after getting home from said day of skiing
-1 pint sitting at home alone with no particular purpose
-1 pint at Canucks game

Total = 9 drinks (count pints as 1.5)

My relationship with alcohol is changing.  By drinking less I have become very conscious of whether I am truly enjoying the drink or that it's just a habit I thought was delivering happiness. 

The 1/2 bottle of wine was very enjoyable over dinner.  To use YMOYL terminology it added to my fulfillment.  Same with the pint at the bar with my friend after skiing.  The pint at home added no fulfillment and I recognized it when I drank it.  Same with the one that had no particular purpose.  The pint at the Canucks game felt like 'the thing to do' with a friend.  I cut my drinking right after that one.  He had 4 pints, I had 1.  It felt fine socially. 

So, in summary I could cut this month's drinking down to 6 drinks that I really enjoyed.

That is awesome, this is my ultimate goal.  Sporadic drinks only when they mean something, you truly enjoy them.

What was your drinking pattern like before?  I feel my will power gets tossed out the window after the first drink.

In your example if I drank that pint with a friend after skiing, I would for sure want to have some drinks after when I get home, even if I am alone.  The mentality is that since I already had one, might as well keep going and enjoy the buzz since mentally I write off the rest of the day for any chance of being productive.

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« Reply #212 on: February 27, 2017, 08:15:58 AM »
fun fact:
2016: $1040 spent on alcohol, or $86.67/month, or $20/week
2017: $0 spent on alcohol

I haven't had a drop of alcohol since new years....which is almost unbelievable...

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« Reply #213 on: February 27, 2017, 02:45:37 PM »
Booze update!

I have haven't had a drink since Jan 11. I can't believe it and neither can my friends. They keep asking me if I am pregnant, ha.

Is this happening to anyone else too?

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« Reply #214 on: February 27, 2017, 03:12:55 PM »
Well February is basically over at least as far as drinking goes.  Time to tally the drinks.

-1/2 bottle of wine with a friend over dinner with their family & kids
-1 pint of tasters after a day skiing
-1 pint at home after getting home from said day of skiing
-1 pint sitting at home alone with no particular purpose
-1 pint at Canucks game

Total = 9 drinks (count pints as 1.5)

My relationship with alcohol is changing.  By drinking less I have become very conscious of whether I am truly enjoying the drink or that it's just a habit I thought was delivering happiness. 

The 1/2 bottle of wine was very enjoyable over dinner.  To use YMOYL terminology it added to my fulfillment.  Same with the pint at the bar with my friend after skiing.  The pint at home added no fulfillment and I recognized it when I drank it.  Same with the one that had no particular purpose.  The pint at the Canucks game felt like 'the thing to do' with a friend.  I cut my drinking right after that one.  He had 4 pints, I had 1.  It felt fine socially. 

So, in summary I could cut this month's drinking down to 6 drinks that I really enjoyed.

That is awesome, this is my ultimate goal.  Sporadic drinks only when they mean something, you truly enjoy them.

What was your drinking pattern like before?  I feel my will power gets tossed out the window after the first drink.

In your example if I drank that pint with a friend after skiing, I would for sure want to have some drinks after when I get home, even if I am alone.  The mentality is that since I already had one, might as well keep going and enjoy the buzz since mentally I write off the rest of the day for any chance of being productive.

I did exactly what you said.  After getting home from skiing I had another beer because it was a long drive and there was the beer.

My pattern before was to have beer in the refrigerator.  I drank a couple on Friday night as a reward for getting through another week.  Through the week I'd have a couple as well.  I was drinking 1 drink per day minimum.

This new discovery feels like I outside of my body and watching how I react to it.  It's a strange but very real self awareness.  I'm going to apply it in other areas of my life. 
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« Reply #215 on: February 27, 2017, 03:14:22 PM »
Booze update!

I have haven't had a drink since Jan 11. I can't believe it and neither can my friends. They keep asking me if I am pregnant, ha.

Is this happening to anyone else too?

Nope, no one has asked me if I'm pregnant  ;0.  Actually, when I was a game with a friend I just told him I don't drink much these days.  He didn't question it or change his behaviour.  I had one and that was that.
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« Reply #216 on: March 05, 2017, 06:56:52 PM »
That's amazing you can moderate all on your own, not many can go from 1-2 drinks a day to sporadic drinking.
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« Reply #217 on: March 12, 2017, 12:55:23 PM »
Ran some numbers, on Day 103 of not drinking. Here's my past 24 months of alcohol consumption:



Not drinking is good for my finances. Average spend at bars and for home alcohol (for soda water out or liquor for guests) is now $7.50 a month. Compared to a 2- year historical average of $87 a month. With an average of 1.1 drinks per day in 2016, that's how much drinking alcohol was costing me!

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« Reply #218 on: March 12, 2017, 02:13:27 PM »
^ so awesome, only on the MMM forum do you get bar graphs of drinking patterns.  Seeing the real numbers is telling.  You would probably cringe if you put those numbers into VTSAX.  Then again, not every dollar can be saved. 
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« Reply #219 on: March 12, 2017, 04:44:39 PM »
^^^ Wow. I am really impressed. Just to make it clear, impressed by the graphs, not drinking. :-)

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« Reply #220 on: March 16, 2017, 10:32:09 AM »
Almost two weeks away from my milestone of not drinking for 3 months.  I don't think I will drink that day, don't feel 3 months is enough where I can moderate to the level where I'd be happy (1x month).  I might extend this journey until the end of the year and re evaluate.

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« Reply #221 on: March 22, 2017, 10:58:17 AM »
Well, as much as I tried to cut back by moderating my drinking and drinking in as opposed to drinking out, the weekend binges are still costing far too much and throwing me way off my goal.  Therefore, I've also decided to join the no-drinking bandwagon, at least for 30 days.  4 days in so far.

Most of my friends have not questioned it, I am just telling them that I need to focus on a big case for the next month (I'm a lawyer) and that I don't have the time to be hungover. 

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« Reply #222 on: March 23, 2017, 08:57:56 AM »
Good luck.

It's honestly a lot easier to cold turkey alcohol than it is to moderate (at least for me).  Keep us posted on your progress.

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« Reply #223 on: March 23, 2017, 12:00:13 PM »
Booze update!

I have haven't had a drink since Jan 11. I can't believe it and neither can my friends. They keep asking me if I am pregnant, ha.

Is this happening to anyone else too?

I'm about to give birth and I'm getting non-stop "what will your first drink be" comments.

Except I don't drink, and haven't for more than a decade.  Never thought it was worth the money.
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« Reply #224 on: March 23, 2017, 12:58:23 PM »
This weekend I finished my last few drinks from my birthday a month ago.

I'm going to see how long I can go without buying any. Currently at just over 6 weeks.

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« Reply #225 on: March 23, 2017, 01:17:45 PM »
I am about a year and a half into not drinking at all. The hardest part for me is explaining to people why I don't drink and also trying to find things to do that do not center around drinking. Choosing not to drink is similar to choosing to be vegan or eat gluten free (assuming you are choosing this and not forced for health reasons) yet I feel like its still not looked upon the same way, IMO. I always feel like people assume I had a drinking problem or something bad happen to me but that is not the case. I just experimented with not drinking and the health and financial benefits of it have been a no brainer for me.

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« Reply #226 on: March 24, 2017, 12:27:41 PM »
Last night I dreamt about drinking vodka with my friends... My head hurt all day :D

Just hit 4 months with 0 consumption :)

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« Reply #227 on: March 25, 2017, 11:03:32 AM »
So, I made it past Friday night, which included going to a bar and a restaurant with friends.  Everyone has been super supportive (in fact, almost no one has cared or questioned it), with the exception of my primary drinking friend with whom I did probably 80% of all my drinking.

This friend took it very personally and actually stormed out on me.  That was hard, but if it comes down to it, I may need to risk losing this friendship if they can't accept that I'm going teetotal for awhile.

6 days so far.  No cravings at all, just the above-noted social pressure from my one friend in particular. 

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« Reply #228 on: March 26, 2017, 10:23:25 PM »
So, I made it past Friday night, which included going to a bar and a restaurant with friends.  Everyone has been super supportive (in fact, almost no one has cared or questioned it), with the exception of my primary drinking friend with whom I did probably 80% of all my drinking.

This friend took it very personally and actually stormed out on me.  That was hard, but if it comes down to it, I may need to risk losing this friendship if they can't accept that I'm going teetotal for awhile.

6 days so far.  No cravings at all, just the above-noted social pressure from my one friend in particular.

That makes me concerned for your friend, that alcohol is so deeply rooted to his identity and, for him, your friendship.

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« Reply #229 on: March 26, 2017, 10:37:55 PM »
^^ I agree, that's unusual behaviour for a true friend.  Stick with your plan and see how it plays out.  A real friend would accept you for your own personal choices. 

Good luck!  I've only had 1 drink all month.  Hard to believe.
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« Reply #230 on: March 31, 2017, 11:24:46 AM »
So, I made it past Friday night, which included going to a bar and a restaurant with friends.  Everyone has been super supportive (in fact, almost no one has cared or questioned it), with the exception of my primary drinking friend with whom I did probably 80% of all my drinking.

This friend took it very personally and actually stormed out on me.  That was hard, but if it comes down to it, I may need to risk losing this friendship if they can't accept that I'm going teetotal for awhile.

6 days so far.  No cravings at all, just the above-noted social pressure from my one friend in particular.

Great job staying the course.

I recently had multiple drink fests to attend, wedding, then travelling abroad for work with co workers - everything afterhours revolved around drinking.

I had a great discovery (explaining to drunk people why you don't drink isn't worth the effort)...but here is the kicker, ALL BARS had non alcoholic beers.  *mind blown*  Not even joking, it made the whole experience tolerable from that point of view and no one even had to know.

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« Reply #231 on: May 03, 2017, 08:01:48 AM »
4 months of not drinking, I'd have to say I've now entered the "safe zone" where I don't have urges/wants whatsoever.

Hope everyone is doing well with their goals and if you are not don't beat yourself up over it.  Start over after you reflect why you didn't succeed.

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« Reply #232 on: May 03, 2017, 08:42:22 AM »
4 months of not drinking, I'd have to say I've now entered the "safe zone" where I don't have urges/wants whatsoever.

Hope everyone is doing well with their goals and if you are not don't beat yourself up over it.  Start over after you reflect why you didn't succeed.

Congrats on breaking the urge!

I recently considered drinking on dates to loosen up a little. Didn't. I can't break two and a half years just because I'm a little nervous.

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« Reply #233 on: May 03, 2017, 10:18:40 AM »
I want to cut back on my alcohol consumption, mostly for health and partly for money. I started tracking my consumption and the costs 76 days ago and I've spent $217 dollars and had 69 drinks since then. I did get some free drinks though and while on average I'm still under the recommended guidelines, I tend to consume my alcohol in binges. During the curling season, I drink a lot there, so in the summer it's a lot easier to moderate my drinking. I'm not sure if I should set a specific goal, or just try to drink less in general, since I've never really tried to cut back before. I don't really drink alone and I don't really crave alcohol, but when I'm out with my friends I tend to go a little overboard. Does anyone who binge drinks have strategies that worked for them?

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« Reply #234 on: May 03, 2017, 10:40:08 AM »
I'm really questioning writing in this thread, I have way more distance to go than anyone here it seems. Might as well start with the shocker.

2016 Alcohol Spending: $8381

My peer-group has a lot of hobbies that don't revolve around drinking but definitely include drinks whenever they're available.

My current goal is to start 'half' drinking (glass of water) and stop buying rounds / throwing filled fridge parties.

The number does include food at any restaurants when we've been drinking as I would probably be eating from home if I didn't go drinking.

Be gentle..
Just starting on my FIRE journey, hopefully posting here creates accountability and eventually lowers my very anti-mustachian life habits.

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Re: Slashing My Alcohol Spend by 75% starting now.
« Reply #235 on: May 03, 2017, 02:47:29 PM »
I'm really questioning writing in this thread, I have way more distance to go than anyone here it seems. Might as well start with the shocker.

2016 Alcohol Spending: $8381

My peer-group has a lot of hobbies that don't revolve around drinking but definitely include drinks whenever they're available.

My current goal is to start 'half' drinking (glass of water) and stop buying rounds / throwing filled fridge parties.

The number does include food at any restaurants when we've been drinking as I would probably be eating from home if I didn't go drinking.

Be gentle..

I can feel your pain, financially/health wise.  Before you attack this you really need to put things into perspective first, how much do you drink, how long have you been drinking, do you think it's an issue, how important is cutting back to you, etc.  Once you have that laid out you can decide how to attack it.

I mean I tried the whole drink water in between or have less, these are all fantastic suggestions, but they are extremely difficult for 95% of the population to stick to once the alcohol starts flowing.  This has been my experience anyway. You go at it with the best intentions, but you are not in control after the first drink and then you end up kicking yourself for failing...which ultimately you set yourself up for.

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Re: Slashing My Alcohol Spend by 75% starting now.
« Reply #236 on: May 03, 2017, 11:09:03 PM »
I have eased up a bit about drinking. I am at a level that I am happy with both financially and physically. Cheers!

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Re: Slashing My Alcohol Spend by 75% starting now.
« Reply #237 on: July 14, 2017, 08:49:27 PM »
I'm really questioning writing in this thread, I have way more distance to go than anyone here it seems. Might as well start with the shocker.

2016 Alcohol Spending: $8381

My peer-group has a lot of hobbies that don't revolve around drinking but definitely include drinks whenever they're available.

My current goal is to start 'half' drinking (glass of water) and stop buying rounds / throwing filled fridge parties.

The number does include food at any restaurants when we've been drinking as I would probably be eating from home if I didn't go drinking.

Be gentle..

Wow, that's an astronomical number.  That's also about my annual spend.  Let's get that number down.
I had an eye-opening moment yesterday.  It's time to not drink so much.  I'm on vacation, but still, I'm 36yo now, can't party like I was 25.

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Re: Slashing My Alcohol Spend by 75% starting now.
« Reply #238 on: July 15, 2017, 05:10:56 AM »
I was using my second goal of losing weight to help with this challenge, because I can't continue to drink a lot and also expect to lose a bunch. For a while (like 5 months), it was going pretty well, but then I went off the rails for 6 weeks or so and just ate and drank whatever I wanted. Now I'm trying to get back on track again. It's harder than I anticipated, but I'll get there. I'm also doing the "Uber Frugal Month" for July (by the Fugalwoods), and that's helping. I told myself the two things I wanted to accomplish during that Frugal Month was no spending on eating out and no buying alcohol. We'll see if I can maintain both of those.

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Re: Slashing My Alcohol Spend by 75% starting now.
« Reply #239 on: July 17, 2017, 11:02:07 AM »
Wow, that's an astronomical number.  That's also about my annual spend.  Let's get that number down.
I had an eye-opening moment yesterday.  It's time to not drink so much.  I'm on vacation, but still, I'm 36yo now, can't party like I was 25.

Since that post I have actually lowered my alcohol spend (~450$ a month) and am feeling better about it. Weekday drinks are gone and weekends are much lower other than 2 bachelor parties that I had to attend (most of the spend actually).

I haven't been too concerned about the health aspects of my spending as a lot of it is treating other friends so it's disproportionately high. I have dovetailed a health goal in to this as well so the drinking has been much easier to control. And I completely agree, I'm turning 30 and don't have too bad of hangovers or anything but increasingly hate when a night is "wasted" to hanging out with the same people at the same bar arguing the same topics. A big help has been that I can still drink but have to go do something novel in order to, that novel plan usually either limits the drinking or is done instead of drinking completely (and so far hasn't been regretted at all). Things I've started doing: Way more yard games / park visits, escape rooms, board game cafe's, golf, motorcycle rides, hiking, to name a few.

I appreciate the kind words from everyone that did reply, and will update as I can.
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Re: Slashing My Alcohol Spend by 75% starting now.
« Reply #240 on: July 18, 2017, 09:00:21 PM »
I have tried to stop drinking many times in the past, with varying levels of success. Right now, I haven't drank since November 22 (almost 8 months)! The monetary reason was the veil I put over it, although I was good at finding deals and free alcohol (think $6 handles of R&R whiskey). This has been very difficult for me, and this is the longest I've been sober since I started drinking.
Friends have been supportive, although at first they weren't as we enabled each other to drink more.
I'm glad I am not drinking and driving anymore, I am saving money, using my time more productively and living more healthily. I still feel the urge to have a drink almost daily... I didn't start out with much of a goal, because I didn't want a set date to drink again. I've been thinking about a year, just to experience all of the seasons without alcohol instead of drinks in winter to warm you, drinks in summer to cool you down, etc. I am growing my beard out for a year, then I'll reevaluate; same with alcohol.
A challenge for me is free alcohol and open bars... Open bars I have almost always overdid it, often embarrassing myself,  trying to get as much free stuff as I could. Also, social settings are different without alcohol, and now I avoid settings where drinking is the focus.
The reason I have been successful this time is because about a month after me, my brother and his girlfriend took a break from drinking as well, though we didn't know about each other. Now, we have a sort of support group, shifting our addictive personalities to cooking real food, spending time together kayaking, climbing, building things, etc... This process has been much easier having like-minded people around, and I am really able to see the negative effects alcohol has had on my life and the ways I rationalize things  to myself...

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Re: Slashing My Alcohol Spend by 75% starting now.
« Reply #241 on: July 19, 2017, 07:29:26 AM »
fun fact:
2016: $1040 spent on alcohol, or $86.67/month, or $20/week
2017: $0 spent on alcohol

I haven't had a drop of alcohol since new years....which is almost unbelievable...
2016 YTD: $482.42
2017 YTD: $338.36

2016 Monthly breakdown:
Jan - $67.35
Feb - $12.97
Mar- $91.37
Apr - $160.31 (wut??)
May - $78.22
Jun - $16.60
Jul - $55.60


2017 Monthly breakdown:
Jan - $0
Feb - $0
Mar - $63.54
Apr - $105.20 (ugh)
May - $65.65
Jun - $95.50 (ugh)
Jul - $8.47

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Re: Slashing My Alcohol Spend by 75% starting now.
« Reply #242 on: July 27, 2017, 02:58:40 PM »
To update this thread, I haven't drank since I stopped.  Almost 7 months now.

Can't remember being in this good of a shape and I was doing pretty well before.  Cheers!

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« Reply #243 on: July 30, 2017, 03:56:45 AM »
To update this thread, I haven't drank since I stopped.  Almost 7 months now.

Can't remember being in this good of a shape and I was doing pretty well before. Cheers!

Awesome!

I grinned at cheers...

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« Reply #244 on: August 01, 2017, 08:22:53 AM »
A few days away from 250 days sober - so much money saved and many other benefits. Not sure what I will do in a month when I am in Russia on a train for 6 days straight but I hope that maintaining sobriety would be easy even with the language cultural barriers.


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Re: Slashing My Alcohol Spend by 75% starting now.
« Reply #245 on: August 01, 2017, 09:31:39 AM »
A few days away from 250 days sober - so much money saved and many other benefits. Not sure what I will do in a month when I am in Russia on a train for 6 days straight but I hope that maintaining sobriety would be easy even with the language cultural barriers.
Fill a vodka bottle with water and take copious swigs. You'll fit right in. Just don't offer it to anyone or your cover will be blown..

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Re: Slashing My Alcohol Spend by 75% starting now.
« Reply #246 on: August 02, 2017, 07:51:25 PM »
This is an awesome thread and I'm excited to join the party! I'm an Aussie in Canada so I'm familiar with both worlds of overconsumption and high taxes.

I just started including my alcohol numbers in my forum journal, and my aim is to reduce spending by 30-50%. I would have to go back through my previous months Mint budgets to work out how much I've spent since I started tracking, but I know last month was $140 (or ~10% of my monthly spending). I have been procrastinating the purchase of a new super dooper bike helmet because it would cost $120, and then today I noticed those two numbers side by side and saw how ridiculous that is.

I used to work in the brewing industry, and I am a massive craft beer nerd. So drinking feels more like a hobby/interest than a habit for me, which I think could be dangerous territory. My main goal for reducing spending & consumption is to cut the non-social drinking completely, i.e. at home on a weeknight with just my SO. Normally we split a can or two so it's not excessive, but stills adds up. Plus just the *habit* of coming home and cracking a cold one feels unhealthy. I am just getting back into homebrewing, which will ease up the wallet as well. And apart from that I'm going to limit social drinking to two drinks (especially when out at bars, house parties might get a bit of leeway).

So, here's to all of us! I look forward to sharing my progress and seeing how everyone else is faring. I have to say I was about halfway through catching up on the thread when my SO offered me a beer and I declined, so I feel good already.

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« Reply #247 on: August 02, 2017, 09:52:03 PM »
Hmm, 2016 was a big beer year for me, #365beersof2016 on Instagram was the tag I used, https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/365beersof2016/ and it seems I may have inadvertently inspired another person to do the same tag for 2017.

My spreadsheet says I spent $5216 on alcohol between myself and my wife (mainly me) over the year of 2016.  Average of $434 a month.  This year our monthly average is $169.  So a ~61% drop in spending on alcohol.  Pretty happy with that.

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« Reply #248 on: August 03, 2017, 01:03:16 AM »
Boozy update and it's a bit of a doozy. So far this year, we have spent $637.14 on alcohol. Overall, I am pretty sure I have drank less than last year. I went to wine country twice this summer and have stocked up. I like having fancy wine for gifts, dinner parties and also for myself. Note, I consider anything over $15 fancy-ish.

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Re: Slashing My Alcohol Spend by 75% starting now.
« Reply #249 on: August 03, 2017, 04:45:50 AM »
This is a great thread.

Stopped drinking about a month ago and switched to La Croix. Though I love a glass of wine, it really hurt me the next day, even after having 1 glass. I must be getting old. The La Croix helps so much because it gives me a fun bubbly drink without the after effect. I don't think about wine anymore either. It was just a bad and expensive habit I had gotten into.