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Title: stop drinking for a month
Post by: homoeccentricus on January 08, 2015, 03:41:28 PM
As of next Saturday I will stop drinking alcohol for a month. My liver and myself have reached this compromise after a lot of debate. This is the second year I'm doing that. I remember from last year that one day I had to really force myself not to drink the yeast starter :-(

Anyone else doing something similar? I wouldn't mind if you lied.
Title: Re: stop drinking for a month
Post by: Stevie on January 08, 2015, 03:50:57 PM
Getting married soon, and hopefully babies will happen not too long after. I have already assured my lady that I will not be going sober in solidarity. Honestly, I am drunk only a handful of times a year, but I drink 1-3 pints a day after work and with dinner.


Good luck in your endeavor.
Title: Re: stop drinking for a month
Post by: kmccaf on January 08, 2015, 04:11:09 PM
As of next Saturday I will stop drinking alcohol for a month. My liver and myself have reached this compromise after a lot of debate. This is the second year I'm doing that. I remember from last year that one day I had to really force myself not to drink the yeast starter :-(

Anyone else doing something similar? I wouldn't mind if you lied.

I stop for a week or two every few months. Often I am just really busy, and don't have a beer for a few days, and then decide to stretch it out for a while. The first beer I have after the break is oh so good too.
Title: Re: stop drinking for a month
Post by: pete b on January 08, 2015, 05:00:47 PM
I usually go on a meditation retreat once a year for 7-10 days, taking precepts which include no intoxicants. I drink often (5 or 6 days/week) but usually not a lot at once (1-3 beers or glasses of mead, or a cocktail before dinner). I would say 3 or 4 times a year I take a few days off then go real light for a few more days to help lose a few pounds.
Title: Re: stop drinking for a month
Post by: Slowbrew on January 08, 2015, 05:17:05 PM
I'm planning to cut back a bit in a about a week.  More so to lose some weight, not so much for the sake of my liver.  The holidays always let some bad habits creep back in (like the goodie table and the beer you have because you don't have to go to work for another week).

Paul
Title: Re: stop drinking for a month
Post by: homoeccentricus on January 08, 2015, 05:20:06 PM
Same here: lose some weight, give the liver a rest. I drink one beer per day, sometimes a bit more, occasionally quite a bit more, but never to the point of being really drunk. But, yes, every day.
Title: Re: stop drinking for a month
Post by: redbeerman on January 08, 2015, 05:33:59 PM
As of next Saturday I will stop drinking alcohol for a month. My liver and myself have reached this compromise after a lot of debate. This is the second year I'm doing that. I remember from last year that one day I had to really force myself not to drink the yeast starter :-(

Anyone else doing something similar? I wouldn't mind if you lied.

I am off drinking until April.  I miss being in awesome shape, now I'm just shaped.  :o  I've always worked out, so I'm just stepping that up a notch.  Maybe learning how to make fresh mozzarella wasn't such a good idea. ;)
Title: Re: stop drinking for a month
Post by: JT on January 08, 2015, 05:44:33 PM
If it was causing me health or marriage problems I would stop, but I like to think this is avoided with moderation.  Typically 1-3 glasses per day, although in the winter on a weekend with nothing to do this figure has gone up. 
Title: Re: stop drinking for a month
Post by: morticaixavier on January 08, 2015, 05:46:58 PM
I tried the only on weekend things to lose a couple pounds at one point and I realized that I just replaced the calories with other things that I didn't enjoy as much so I didn't lose weight. I just choose to cut out cake, candy, and other sweet drinks instead of beer. It's all empty calories and I work out fairly hard daily so I am usually trying to increase my total caloric intake.

While I am not a doctor, and don't begin to imagine the same is true for everyone, I don't think moderate drinking really puts much of a strain on your liver. My liver levels are always nominal and I'm a 1-3 pints a day guy pretty much always.

I'll take a break when I do not have anything enjoyable to drink though.
Title: Re: stop drinking for a month
Post by: yso191 on January 08, 2015, 06:21:44 PM
I usually give up alcohol for Lent, so for 6 weeks.

My typical intake is 4 nights a week I'll have 2 beers, occasionally a third.  On my Friday I'll bump that to 3-6.  Usually 6 = an irresistible sleeping pill.
Title: Re: stop drinking for a month
Post by: Frankenbrew on January 08, 2015, 06:29:56 PM

While I am not a doctor, and don't begin to imagine the same is true for everyone, I don't think moderate drinking really puts much of a strain on your liver. My liver levels are always nominal and I'm a 1-3 pints a day guy pretty much always.


My doctor, whom I trust very much, says that two beers a day is okay. So with only a few exceptions, two beers a day for me is the routine.

I have stopped, usually when I'm somewhere on a trip where there isn't any good beer, but if it isn't doing me any harm, Why stop?  8)
Title: Re: stop drinking for a month
Post by: erockrph on January 08, 2015, 06:32:49 PM
I have one beer a day maybe 4-5 days a week, after everything is done in the house and everyone is in bed. My wife can't drink, and I've just got too much going on to have more than that on a typical night. I really have no desire to feel drunk, or even buzzed, when I'm enjoying a drink by myself. At that point, enjoying a good beer provides all the relaxation I need even without the alcohol.

Don't get me wrong - I'm not a teetotaler. I have no problem throwing a few back with my buddies. But my buddies and I all have small kids, so those opportunities are few and far between.

Needless to say, I never feel the need to take a break from drinking. If anything, I have to tell myself that I need to drink more often, since the beer piles up faster than I consume it.
Title: Re: stop drinking for a month
Post by: HoosierBrew on January 08, 2015, 06:37:12 PM
I usually drink 3 or 4 days a week,  2-3 beers.  Sometimes less.  With the exception of Friday night, which is often more like 3-6 beers.  Friday night is my reward for a long work week with a long commute. Works for me.
Title: Re: stop drinking for a month
Post by: jaftak22 on January 08, 2015, 06:46:31 PM
So I recently to a week off and that was good enough for me. I think my wife would have really liked me to take a longer break but its all good. Its to tempting here in Colorado, especially when New Belgium has cheap growler days in the middle of the week. Usually though I am good after drinking 2-3 during the week and 3 to whenever I feel like being done on Friday or Saturday. Don't drink on Sundays because that is our family day.
Title: Re: stop drinking for a month
Post by: homoeccentricus on January 08, 2015, 06:55:12 PM
I guess the real reason why I'm doing this is to prove that I'm able to :-(
Title: Re: stop drinking for a month
Post by: chumley on January 08, 2015, 08:23:55 PM
I did this once, for the same reason.  The first week was tough, the next three were easy.

Right now I am working on no alcohol for 3 days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday).  Wednesday is cheap growler night at the local brew pub, and Friday/Saturday/Sunday is the weekend.  I might try another month without alcohol again, but that will have to wait until after the Super Bowl.
Title: Re: stop drinking for a month
Post by: klickitat jim on January 08, 2015, 11:03:22 PM
I am a one a day guy, not counting anything given to me, or that I brewed, or if we have company.
Title: Re: stop drinking for a month
Post by: 69franx on January 08, 2015, 11:07:24 PM
I am a one a day guy, not counting anything given to me, or that I brewed, or if we have company.
I like that standard a lot Jim, I may start to follow it as well, lol
Title: Re: stop drinking for a month
Post by: udubdawg on January 08, 2015, 11:10:02 PM
I am a one a day guy, not counting anything given to me, or that I brewed, or if we have company.
I like that standard a lot Jim, I may start to follow it as well, lol

+1.  It has a certain "the ice cream on the lid has no calories" quality.  Thanks Jim!  8)
Title: Re: stop drinking for a month
Post by: majorvices on January 09, 2015, 01:04:39 AM
I didn't used to drink much during the week before I opened Yellowhammer... and while I have noble intentions of temperance Monday through Thursday it is challenging to keep that policy. First off, there's sooo muuuch beeeer. I literally have to sample beer every day, literally wether I like it or not. Meaning, sometimes I am not really ready for a beer and I have to sample.

Then, there are about 15 or so taps on the wall that are just there and after a long, 12 hour day, it is very tempting to pull them - especially during the hot Alabama summer.

But the worst part is bottling days, because we will always have a beer that get's miscapped floating down the bottling line, and we will get dozens of them during the day. They are perfectly fine beers, literally ice cold, and destined to be trashed - and it is hard not to pull one of those off the line near the end of the day and knock it back.

So there are a hand full of days that I abstain during the year, but usually I feel I'm doing pretty good if I don't drink a beer until after 4...
Title: Re: stop drinking for a month
Post by: flbrewer on January 09, 2015, 01:10:25 AM
I'll add (perhaps obvious) the fact that many of us are probably imbibing more than 2 drinks based on what our doctors think is a drink.

I'll often remind myself that if I have 3 IPA's at 7%, I've really had about 5 Bud Lights. Food for thought.
Title: Re: stop drinking for a month
Post by: narcout on January 09, 2015, 01:24:04 AM
I'll add (perhaps obvious) the fact that many of us are probably imbibing more than 2 drinks based on what our doctors think is a drink.

I'll often remind myself that if I have 3 IPA's at 7%, I've really had about 5 Bud Lights. Food for thought.

Yes, I believe a standard drink is considered to be 12 oz. of 5% ABV beer. 

I find it useful to break everything down into points (a standard drink is 60 points: 12 x 5).  A pint of 7% IPA is actually about 1.86 drinks:  (16 x 7) / 60.
Title: Re: stop drinking for a month
Post by: Stevie on January 09, 2015, 01:33:28 AM
I sometimes feel a bit sheepish when answering that question at the doctor/dentist. Why do they make the numbers stop at 6-8 per week making 9+ seem like a lot?
Title: Re: stop drinking for a month
Post by: BrewingRover on January 09, 2015, 03:36:56 AM
My wife wanted to do the January alcohol free thing and asked me to join her. Day 8 and it hasn't been too bad, although a warming big beer would be nice tonight with the howling wind and blowing snow outside.

The hardest thing was that she didn't warn me far enough in advance and the steam beer I brewed was just ready at the end of December. I'm sure it will taste even better 2/1.
Title: Re: stop drinking for a month
Post by: klickitat jim on January 09, 2015, 01:01:56 PM
I'll add (perhaps obvious) the fact that many of us are probably imbibing more than 2 drinks based on what our doctors think is a drink.

I'll often remind myself that if I have 3 IPA's at 7%, I've really had about 5 Bud Lights. Food for thought.
You are a pretty tough guy. 5 Bud lights would put me in the hospital
Title: Re: stop drinking for a month
Post by: flbrewer on January 09, 2015, 01:03:16 PM
Whoops. I meant 4! See what drinking IPA's does to you?
Title: Re: stop drinking for a month
Post by: HoosierBrew on January 09, 2015, 01:04:45 PM

You are a pretty tough guy. 5 Bud lights would put me in the hospital

Love a good morning laugh.    ;)
Title: Re: stop drinking for a month
Post by: pete b on January 09, 2015, 05:56:41 PM
I didn't used to drink much during the week before I opened Yellowhammer... and while I have noble intentions of temperance Monday through Thursday it is challenging to keep that policy. First off, there's sooo muuuch beeeer. I literally have to sample beer every day, literally wether I like it or not. Meaning, sometimes I am not really ready for a beer and I have to sample.

Then, there are about 15 or so taps on the wall that are just there and after a long, 12 hour day, it is very tempting to pull them - especially during the hot Alabama summer.

But the worst part is bottling days, because we will always have a beer that get's miscapped floating down the bottling line, and we will get dozens of them during the day. They are perfectly fine beers, literally ice cold, and destined to be trashed - and it is hard not to pull one of those off the line near the end of the day and knock it back.

So there are a hand full of days that I abstain during the year, but usually I feel I'm doing pretty good if I don't drink a beer until after 4...
Alas! We have found an honest man!
Title: Re: stop drinking for a month
Post by: braufessor on January 09, 2015, 06:18:25 PM
I am a one a day guy, not counting anything given to me, or that I brewed, or if we have company.

hahahaha..... I think those are the same rules I follow ;D
Title: Re: stop drinking for a month
Post by: majorvices on January 09, 2015, 06:33:41 PM
I didn't used to drink much during the week before I opened Yellowhammer... and while I have noble intentions of temperance Monday through Thursday it is challenging to keep that policy. First off, there's sooo muuuch beeeer. I literally have to sample beer every day, literally wether I like it or not. Meaning, sometimes I am not really ready for a beer and I have to sample.

Then, there are about 15 or so taps on the wall that are just there and after a long, 12 hour day, it is very tempting to pull them - especially during the hot Alabama summer.

But the worst part is bottling days, because we will always have a beer that get's miscapped floating down the bottling line, and we will get dozens of them during the day. They are perfectly fine beers, literally ice cold, and destined to be trashed - and it is hard not to pull one of those off the line near the end of the day and knock it back.

So there are a hand full of days that I abstain during the year, but usually I feel I'm doing pretty good if I don't drink a beer until after 4...
Alas! We have found an honest man!

I'm just glad to know someone reads to the end of my meaningless posts! :D
Title: Re: stop drinking for a month
Post by: yso191 on January 09, 2015, 11:52:03 PM
I will add to this thread that I recall reading something a year or two back that there is a significant social movement in the UK where individuals choose to make all of January a dry month for them to 'clear the system' so to speak.  The article quoted a gastroenterologist who said it was silly.  What would be more beneficial health-wise is to periodically take 3-4 days off from alcohol consumption.  Apparently that is all your body needs.  More time off isn't bad, it just doesn't increase the benefit as I recall.

My 6 weeks during Lent is a spiritual discipline that has only a secondary purpose of rejuvenating the physical system.
Title: Re: stop drinking for a month
Post by: klickitat jim on January 09, 2015, 11:59:04 PM
I will add to this thread that I recall reading something a year or two back that there is a significant social movement in the UK where individuals choose to make all of January a dry month for them to 'clear the system' so to speak.  The article quoted a gastroenterologist who said it was silly.  What would be more beneficial health-wise is to periodically take 3-4 days off from alcohol consumption.  Apparently that is all your body needs.  More time off isn't bad, it just doesn't increase the benefit as I recall.

My 6 weeks during Lent is a spiritual discipline that has only a secondary purpose of rejuvenating the physical system.
If the spiritual side is solid you can skip the secondary
Title: Re: stop drinking for a month
Post by: erockrph on January 10, 2015, 05:20:39 AM
I will add to this thread that I recall reading something a year or two back that there is a significant social movement in the UK where individuals choose to make all of January a dry month for them to 'clear the system' so to speak.  The article quoted a gastroenterologist who said it was silly.  What would be more beneficial health-wise is to periodically take 3-4 days off from alcohol consumption.  Apparently that is all your body needs.  More time off isn't bad, it just doesn't increase the benefit as I recall.

My 6 weeks during Lent is a spiritual discipline that has only a secondary purpose of rejuvenating the physical system.
If the spiritual side is solid you can skip the secondary
Bingo. Just rack it right into the keg.
Title: Re: stop drinking for a month
Post by: homoeccentricus on January 10, 2015, 08:34:12 AM
ouch, I tracked down the article. What do I do now?  Drink to its advice?  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2259350/Resolved-alcohol-January-It-harm-good.html
Title: Re: stop drinking for a month
Post by: homoeccentricus on January 10, 2015, 08:48:14 AM
But, of course, there's always the other side:  http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22129502.600-our-liver-vacation-is-a-dry-january-really-worth-it.html?full=true#.VLDmd-01jqA
Title: Re: stop drinking for a month
Post by: pete b on January 10, 2015, 12:44:25 PM
ouch, I tracked down the article. What do I do now?  Drink to its advice?  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2259350/Resolved-alcohol-January-It-harm-good.html
This makes the most sense to me, a couple days off a week to give the liver a rest as opposed to 11 months of constant use and one month off. I also would point out that it seems people tend to only look at the liver when thinking of alcohol intake. Its important to look at its effect on obesity, diabetes, mental health, etc. also its important to weigh the benefits. And then there's wether or not you turn into an asshole when your drunk.
Title: Re: stop drinking for a month
Post by: yso191 on January 10, 2015, 03:59:28 PM
But, of course, there's always the other side:  http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22129502.600-our-liver-vacation-is-a-dry-january-really-worth-it.html?full=true#.VLDmd-01jqA

That was an interesting article.
Title: Re: stop drinking for a month
Post by: homoeccentricus on January 10, 2015, 05:06:52 PM
But, of course, there's always the other side:  http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22129502.600-our-liver-vacation-is-a-dry-january-really-worth-it.html?full=true#.VLDmd-01jqA

That was an interesting article.

I assume when you say "interesting" you mean "worrisome".
Title: Re: stop drinking for a month
Post by: yso191 on January 11, 2015, 01:10:58 AM
I assume when you say "interesting" you mean "worrisome".

No, not worrisome.  I really did find it interesting.  Though not a scientific, double-blind, etc. study, it is surely valid - or at least instructive. 
Title: Re: stop drinking for a month
Post by: homoeccentricus on January 11, 2015, 04:05:48 PM
So, starting my one month dryathlon today. So will be paying a  bit more attention to my meals. Tonight coq-au-vin. Tomorrow rabbit stew with trappist sauce, then later this week sole with riesling, carbonades a la flamande with pannepot, risotto allo spumante, caesar salad with olive oil and lambic vinegar, and shrimps with cocktail sauce.
Title: Re: stop drinking for a month
Post by: mbalbritton on January 11, 2015, 05:02:00 PM
I'm at 1-3 on any given week night. 4-6 on the average Saturday but it all depends on what I'm doing. If I'm out and about like yesterday, I had 2 beers and one single malt. If I was brewing or doing yard work then going to a buddies house, I may be up to 6+. But that's only if it Homebrew. Can't do more than 2 commercial brews in an evening.

But my days of a 12 pack nights are behind me.

Then once or twice a year I'll step away from alcohol, but that's because I have the flu or something :D


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Title: Re: stop drinking for a month
Post by: pete b on January 11, 2015, 07:36:51 PM
So, starting my one month dryathlon today. So will be paying a  bit more attention to my meals. Tonight coq-au-vin. Tomorrow rabbit stew with trappist sauce, then later this week sole with riesling, carbonades a la flamande with pannepot, risotto allo spumante, caesar salad with olive oil and lambic vinegar, and shrimps with cocktail sauce.
Brandied peaches over spiced rum ice cream would be a good dessert. ;D
Title: Re: stop drinking for a month
Post by: homoeccentricus on January 11, 2015, 07:50:37 PM
So, starting my one month dryathlon today. So will be paying a  bit more attention to my meals. Tonight coq-au-vin. Tomorrow rabbit stew with trappist sauce, then later this week sole with riesling, carbonades a la flamande with pannepot, risotto allo spumante, caesar salad with olive oil and lambic vinegar, and shrimps with cocktail sauce.
Brandied peaches over spiced rum ice cream would be a good dessert. ;D

As long as they have been flambéed. I have my principles, my good man.
Title: Re: stop drinking for a month
Post by: theoman on January 12, 2015, 01:37:27 PM
I guess the real reason why I'm doing this is to prove that I'm able to :-(

Every so often I'll stop drinking for a week or two for this very reason. I just want to be sure that I can.

It's been a while since I've gone more than a few days without something alcoholic. There are too many good reasons to have a beer. Like taco night. You gotta have a beer on taco night.
Title: Re: stop drinking for a month
Post by: homoeccentricus on January 12, 2015, 01:39:38 PM
You gotta have a beer on taco night.

Maybe I should stay away from beer forums for a month as well  :(
Title: Re: stop drinking for a month
Post by: brick pig on January 12, 2015, 08:23:41 PM
When I have a drink --whether it be beer, wine, whisk(e)y, or cocktails-- I like to sit, relax, and enjoy it. So, depending on how busy I am, I routinely go for days without alcohol. I don't really keep track, but I'm sure it's not unusual for me to be dry for a week or more at a time. I doubt there have been many times when I've gone for a full month, but as I say, I'm not keeping a record.

On the other side of the coin, I also don't place any particular constraints, per se, on myself when I do drink. But that's not really a problem because I HATE the feeling of being drunk (or even tipsy, really), so there's never any chance of me drinking to excess in the first place. 
Title: Re: stop drinking for a month
Post by: pete b on January 13, 2015, 12:19:08 AM
When I have a drink --whether it be beer, wine, whisk(e)y, or cocktails-- I like to sit, relax, and enjoy it. So, depending on how busy I am, I routinely go for days without alcohol. I don't really keep track, but I'm sure it's not unusual for me to be dry for a week or more at a time. I doubt there have been many times when I've gone for a full month, but as I say, I'm not keeping a record.

On the other side of the coin, I also don't place any particular constraints, per se, on myself when I do drink. But that's not really a problem because I HATE the feeling of being drunk (or even tipsy, really), so there's never any chance of me drinking to excess in the first place.
I don't not like the feeling of being drunk, (or even tipsy really). Hungover however...
Title: Re: stop drinking for a month
Post by: brick pig on January 13, 2015, 04:39:22 PM
I don't not like the feeling of being drunk, (or even tipsy really). Hungover however...
I've never been hungover, but I'm pretty confident that I wouldn't enjoy it.
Title: Re: stop drinking for a month
Post by: homoeccentricus on January 13, 2015, 04:44:49 PM
First report after two days dry: my girlfriend tells me I have to stop talking about alcohol all the time.
Title: Re: stop drinking for a month
Post by: majorvices on January 14, 2015, 12:18:41 PM
Not necessarily inspired by this thread but perhaps as a casual coincidence I have not had any alcohol since Sunday. I really don't find giving up beer or whiskey that difficult for a few days, but I'm pretty sure I would have a difficult time going an entire month - mainly because I really don't want to. But a couple days is no big deal. Now, I better have my coffee every morning or there will be hell to pay.
Title: Re: stop drinking for a month
Post by: jeffy on January 14, 2015, 12:22:48 PM
First report after two days dry: my girlfriend tells me I have to stop talking about alcohol all the time.

When I quit smoking 25 years ago, my wife and friends wanted to give me cigarettes.  I may have been a little moody.
Title: Re: stop drinking for a month
Post by: HoosierBrew on January 14, 2015, 12:43:07 PM
Now, I better have my coffee every morning or there will be hell to pay.


^^^  Yeah, that's the tough one for me.
Title: Re: stop drinking for a month
Post by: homoeccentricus on January 14, 2015, 01:14:51 PM
Now, I better have my coffee every morning or there will be hell to pay.


^^^  Yeah, that's the tough one for me.

I started roasting my own coffee just to be sure  :P
Title: Re: stop drinking for a month
Post by: homoeccentricus on January 16, 2015, 08:46:59 PM
It's Friday night. I. Want. A. Beer.
Title: Re: stop drinking for a month
Post by: klickitat jim on January 16, 2015, 10:22:08 PM
It's Friday night. I. Want. A. Beer.
I've had two very tasty Elysian Split Shots (cream stout with stump town espresso) and now im working on a Kilkenny cream ale. First nitro red in a can I've had. Not too shabby. Next will be a Deschutes Red Chair, then perhaps I'll hit my Old School Pale on tap. I've got some homemade kaluah someone gave me fir Christmas so i might have to have a Big Labowski special after that.
Title: Re: stop drinking for a month
Post by: homoeccentricus on January 16, 2015, 10:34:32 PM
It's Friday night. I. Want. A. Beer.
I've had two very tasty Elysian Split Shots (cream stout with stump town espresso) and now im working on a Kilkenny cream ale. First nitro red in a can I've had. Not too shabby. Next will be a Deschutes Red Chair, then perhaps I'll hit my Old School Pale on tap. I've got some homemade kaluah someone gave me fir Christmas so i might have to have a Big Labowski special after that.

And you are listening to Disraeli Gears?
Title: Re: stop drinking for a month
Post by: 69franx on January 17, 2015, 05:50:57 AM
With dinner tonight I had a Dirt Wolf from Victory, a Shake from Boulder, and capped the night off at home with an Indra Kunindra from Ballast Point. My taste buds have been all over the world tonight and I loved every second of it. Stop drinking for a month, not starting this weekend...
Title: Re: stop drinking for a month
Post by: homoeccentricus on January 20, 2015, 04:17:01 PM
I crave a cold bottle of http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/fantome-saison/7661/
Title: Re: stop drinking for a month
Post by: micsager on January 21, 2015, 05:27:54 PM


Anyone else doing something similar?

Not me.