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I have been drinking (usually to get drunk) regularly since I was 16 years old (now 31).  From the ages of 20-30, I would estimate that I drank on average 3 nights a week, with at least Friday or Saturday night being a pretty big drinking session.  95% of the time, I was drinking beer.  In the past year or so, I decided that I didn't really enjoy it anymore I and didn't want to consume the empty calories, so I have cut back a lot.  Now, I really only drink one night a week and I will have a lot less drinks that I am accustomed to (say 4-5 drinks instead of 10 or 12).  If I am at a business dinner or something during the week, I may have one beer or glass of wine, but I don't count that.  I never have felt like I had a drinking problem even though I would sometimes get carried away.   

 

Physically, I feel great and I have a ton of money to spend elsewhere.  Also, as a result of not drinking as much I am not doing a lot of other stupid things like eating fried foods and chain smoking cigarettes. 

 

I'm just curious if any of you have had a similar experience.  One thing I never really understood about drinking was how much of my time was spent drinking, planning to drink, or recovering from a night out. 

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I probably have about 35-40 units of alcohol a week and all of it is during the work week. On weekends I completely alter my lifestyle to avoid it (no bars, eat in, avoid social circles who drink, try to do some activity that takes my mind off it). Being stuck or blessed in a wet industry doesn't help.

I try to give it 48 hours rest. If I can I push for one more day before the cycle starts again.

But sure it's a time waster. I used to write and play video games in school and giving all of that up freed up time for the drink.

I cut out food instead of drinking when I stated gaining weight in my mid 20s. No more happy hour nibbles or dinner and late night feasts afterwards.
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