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Tue Jul 10, 2018, 10:46 PM

Is anybody else drinking a little more than they should be?

Asking for a friend.

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Reply Is anybody else drinking a little more than they should be? (Original post)
smirkymonkey Jul 2018 OP
FM123 Jul 2018 #1
smirkymonkey Jul 2018 #2
GP6971 Jul 2018 #4
secondwind Jul 2018 #3
RainCaster Jul 2018 #5
smirkymonkey Jul 2018 #22
Phoenix61 Jul 2018 #6
smirkymonkey Jul 2018 #23
Lint Head Jul 2018 #7
smirkymonkey Jul 2018 #8
dweller Jul 2018 #9
smirkymonkey Jul 2018 #24
Shemp Howard Jul 2018 #10
smirkymonkey Jul 2018 #11
Ohiogal Jul 2018 #34
smirkymonkey Jul 2018 #36
Ohiogal Jul 2018 #42
smirkymonkey Jul 2018 #50
bdtrppr6 Jul 2018 #12
NoMoreRepugs Jul 2018 #13
lapfog_1 Jul 2018 #14
mnhtnbb Jul 2018 #15
smirkymonkey Jul 2018 #25
mnhtnbb Jul 2018 #44
Turbineguy Jul 2018 #16
LuckyCharms Jul 2018 #17
Cicada Jul 2018 #18
smirkymonkey Jul 2018 #31
Yonnie3 Jul 2018 #33
Floyd R. Turbo Jul 2018 #19
bif Jul 2018 #20
Ohiya Jul 2018 #47
FSogol Jul 2018 #21
smirkymonkey Jul 2018 #26
virgogal Jul 2018 #27
Crutchez_CuiBono Jul 2018 #28
smirkymonkey Jul 2018 #29
Crutchez_CuiBono Jul 2018 #32
smirkymonkey Jul 2018 #35
StTimofEdenRoc Jul 2018 #30
AlexSFCA Jul 2018 #37
pbmus Jul 2018 #38
TomSlick Jul 2018 #39
Aristus Jul 2018 #40
benld74 Jul 2018 #41
Atticus Jul 2018 #43
smirkymonkey Jul 2018 #51
marlakay Jul 2018 #45
Ohiya Jul 2018 #48
yellowdogintexas Jul 2018 #56
Freddie Jul 2018 #53
Initech Jul 2018 #46
LuckyCharms Jul 2018 #49
Zoonart Jul 2018 #52
GreenPartyVoter Jul 2018 #54
steve2470 Jul 2018 #55
VOX Jul 2018 #57

Response to smirkymonkey (Original post)

Tue Jul 10, 2018, 10:50 PM

1. My friend says yes....

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Response to FM123 (Reply #1)

Tue Jul 10, 2018, 10:52 PM

2. *snort*

Tell your friend it's ok. These are trying times!

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Response to smirkymonkey (Reply #2)

Tue Jul 10, 2018, 10:54 PM

4. My friend also

said yes. He stocked up today for the long haul.

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Response to smirkymonkey (Original post)

Tue Jul 10, 2018, 10:52 PM

3. Sadly, yes.

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Response to smirkymonkey (Original post)

Tue Jul 10, 2018, 10:56 PM

5. My friend has been swearing a lot more too

It's a good thing his dogs are so well behaved.

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Response to RainCaster (Reply #5)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 08:33 PM

22. Damn it!

My friend has been having the same fucking problem. Something's up.

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Response to smirkymonkey (Original post)

Tue Jul 10, 2018, 10:58 PM

6. I live in the Florida panhandle

AKA The Redneck Riveria. Three guesses and the first two don't count.

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Response to Phoenix61 (Reply #6)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 08:34 PM

23. I know how it is.

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Response to smirkymonkey (Original post)

Tue Jul 10, 2018, 11:04 PM

7. I started taking it in the hip with a tire pump.

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Response to Lint Head (Reply #7)

Tue Jul 10, 2018, 11:05 PM

8. That's really the only way to go.

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Response to smirkymonkey (Original post)

Tue Jul 10, 2018, 11:11 PM

9. cheers

to your "friend"

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Response to dweller (Reply #9)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 08:35 PM

24. Cheers to you as well!

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Response to smirkymonkey (Original post)

Tue Jul 10, 2018, 11:15 PM

10. No, because of an old Persian adage.

"This too shall pass."

And before anyone jumps on me, this doesn't mean you shouldn't do anything about the state of affairs today. It's just a guideline to help you get through life.

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Response to smirkymonkey (Original post)

Tue Jul 10, 2018, 11:15 PM

11. Honestly, I keep telling myself "You don't need that bottle of wine tonight", but by the

end of the day and after all the BS I have heard, it just seem like it's the only thing that can take the edge off. I don't even finish it most of the time, but it helps me calm down and fall asleep. Bad habit, I know.

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Response to smirkymonkey (Reply #11)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 09:05 PM

34. I feel as though

it would be very easy for me to slip into "the drinking life" what with everything going on in the world right now. I'm like *that* close.

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Response to Ohiogal (Reply #34)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 09:27 PM

36. I'm very highly functional.

The civilized glasses of wine at night. But it's getting to be more of a habit than an occasional thing. It kind of happened very subltely. A glass here, a glass there, a bottle there a bottle there. I found that it helped to keep my anger and frustration in check, but now I not sure how to manage my moods without it.

I am spending a long weekend watching my sister's dog so that should help. Nothing calms me down and makes me feel better than being around a dog.

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Response to smirkymonkey (Reply #36)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 09:57 PM

42. Dogs are awesome

Honestly if it weren't for my husband, sons, and dog ... I could really see myself being one of those women who are just slightly buzzed all day long ... My father was an alcoholic, I must get the love of feeling buzzed from him.

Anyway I hope all of us will be drinking in celebration very, very soon! Once that evil orange turd is flushed away.....Enjoy that quality canine time this weekend!

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Response to Ohiogal (Reply #42)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 08:51 AM

50. Thank you!

She's such a sweet baby! A gentle giant. She's huge, but still just a pup. I just adore her!

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Response to smirkymonkey (Original post)

Tue Jul 10, 2018, 11:17 PM

12. well, it's definitely not less.

that's for sure.

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Response to smirkymonkey (Original post)

Tue Jul 10, 2018, 11:31 PM

13. Damn straight I am.

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Response to smirkymonkey (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 12:04 AM

14. I only wish I could

type 2 makes me go through this nightmare sober

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Response to smirkymonkey (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 01:23 AM

15. Yes and I'm now awake in the middle of the night

because of it.

I had cut back recently to limit myself to one glass of wine a day and that went out the window yesterday when I found out the reason my knee replacement leg is still causing me pain and making me limp is that I need a hip replacement on that side! Had the other side hip replacement 11 years ago, knee replacement last summer. Now another hip replacement probably late September, looking at my calendar. I'm in the middle of a divorce and our house is for sale ( on the market for 2 months) and still needs work clearing stuff out. I am beyond overwhelmed in my personal life and when I look at the state of the country...well, a cocktail does help take the edge off of the despair I feel.

Picked up meds Ortho prescribed yesterday and read the warning label: limit alcohol use while taking this drug. Daily use of alcohol while taking this drug may increase the risk of stomach bleeding.

So there you have it. Drugs for hip pain or alcohol but not both.

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Response to mnhtnbb (Reply #15)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 08:37 PM

25. That is a tough situation. I'm sorry.

It's really hard when you have nothing to take the edge off. Having a few drinks isn't the best way to deal with stress, but it beats feeling like you are going to explode with rage.

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Response to smirkymonkey (Reply #25)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 10:23 PM

44. Thanks.

No meds today. Stayed with the cocktail today because I had a meeting with the divorce attorney.

But I think tomorrow I will start the meds because it will be one more motivation for me NOT to drink. And I really do need to cut back and lose some weight before the surgery. I always lose weight when I quit drinking alcohol.

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Response to smirkymonkey (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 02:42 AM

16. Yes.

Confessing for a friend.

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Response to smirkymonkey (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 03:02 AM

17. Seriously, I have 2 friends that are...

and it is killing them. They are getting bad physical effects.

I do not drink, but I have apparently been rendered incapable of speaking without fucking swearing.

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Response to smirkymonkey (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 03:05 AM

18. I drink too little, I can't explain it

I used to drink too much. Clearly too much. But now I almost never consume alcohol even tho I think it would probably be healthy to drink say six ounces of wine per day. I have no idea why about ten years ago I lost my ability or desire to drink alcohol.

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Response to Cicada (Reply #18)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 08:47 PM

31. You are lucky! I go through phases, but right now I always feel like I need to take the edge off.

Sometimes I don't need to drink at all, but lately I have just wanted to check out. I used to be a heavier drinker, but I just got to the point where I can't drink like that anymore. Now I just drink enough to catch a sleepy buzz and that's it.

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Response to Cicada (Reply #18)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 08:59 PM

33. Same here - I didn't decide to back off, it just happened.

At one time I got strongly buzzed around 5 nights a week. About twelve years ago I went to community college at night and had little opportunity to drink. I just got out of the habit, rather than deciding to cut way back. I find myself wishing for one sometimes with the current situation, but there is nothing in the house.

Just the other day my doctor wanted to know how many drinks I had per week. This year I had an answer. 0.2 per week and that's only because my brother gave me a fifth of good Irish whiskey which lasted a year.

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Response to smirkymonkey (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 09:04 AM

19. Nope! Just the right amount.

More frequently, but the right amount! 🥃

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Response to smirkymonkey (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 10:28 AM

20. Yep.

And my wife constantly reminds me that i do. It helps take the edge off, and helps me sleep.

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Response to bif (Reply #20)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 07:18 AM

47. I told my wife that...

she should have seen me when Reagan was president!

I have a lot more self control now.

In the words of Tom Waits, I was, "half drunk half the time and all drunk the rest."

But these days, I rarely go a day without a couple of drinks.

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Response to smirkymonkey (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 10:46 AM

21. All depends on your definition of "should."

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Response to FSogol (Reply #21)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 08:39 PM

26. Well, ideally, I would not be drinking at all or only on special occasions.

But it's starting to become a bit of a habit. I don't get really drunk, but I always seem to need a few glasses of wine to calm me down before going to sleep.

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Response to smirkymonkey (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 08:41 PM

27. Nope.

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Response to smirkymonkey (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 08:42 PM

28. Not NEAR as much as I should be.

If I drink when I'm upset...which has been since Nov 2016...I feel like I'm an alky. So...come the weekend...I try to get happy on purpose about Thursday....so I can drink enough fluids as I can, guilt-free....

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Response to Crutchez_CuiBono (Reply #28)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 08:44 PM

29. I swear, they are trying to drive us all to drink.

However, I think they are all bigger boozers than we are. I hope they drink themselves into oblivion sooner than we do.

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Response to smirkymonkey (Reply #29)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 08:47 PM

32. Look for me in the Gulags....

We'll make jail brew and fight the power like Hogans Heroes. I'll stick out as per my handle.

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Response to Crutchez_CuiBono (Reply #32)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 09:19 PM

35. It's a deal.

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Response to smirkymonkey (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 08:45 PM

30. and blood pressure is running higher

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Response to smirkymonkey (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 09:28 PM

37. ever since 2016...

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Response to smirkymonkey (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 09:35 PM

38. My bartender says YES....

And then pours me another banana...

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Response to smirkymonkey (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 09:41 PM

39. I don't drink anymore. Then again, I don't drink any less.

Sláinte

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Response to smirkymonkey (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 09:54 PM

40. No.

I'm drinking a LOT more than I should be...

Not tonight, though. Just a single pint of a local IPA.

Friday night is my night to unspool...

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Response to smirkymonkey (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 09:56 PM

41. Ever since 1972

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Response to smirkymonkey (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 10:02 PM

43. I'm not as drink as some thunkle peep I am! nt

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Response to Atticus (Reply #43)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 08:53 AM

51. I'd rather have a bottle in front of me, than a frontal lobotomy.

Dammit!

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Response to smirkymonkey (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 10:28 PM

45. Eating more

And i know its emotional eating.

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Response to marlakay (Reply #45)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 07:20 AM

48. I have a Dump induced twenty pound weight gain!

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Response to Ohiya (Reply #48)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 12:16 PM

56. I picked up 5 pounds right away. Way more wine than I normally consume

plus holiday food.

I went back to Weight Watchers and got back down to goal but it took nearly a year to get there. It is a daily struggle not to binge on something unhealthy.

Thank God for grilled chicken salads, zero point pantry soup, other zero point foods, and raw veggies.

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Response to marlakay (Reply #45)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 09:15 AM

53. Me too

I rarely drink (just don't like it) but I eat when stressed or feeling hopeless. Carbs and chocolate, here we come. And the worst thing is you can't tell an alcoholic by looking at them but you sure can tell a stress eater, and we get endless shit about it.

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Response to smirkymonkey (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 11:22 PM

46. This administration is definitely driving me to drink more!

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Response to smirkymonkey (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 07:38 AM

49. WHATTERRGS? XXX SSS

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Response to smirkymonkey (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 08:56 AM

52. WHATEVER GETS YOU THROUGH THE NIGHT.

Elton John and John Lennon

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Response to smirkymonkey (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 09:19 AM

54. My compulsive behaviors like eating and exercising are way out of control.

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Response to smirkymonkey (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 11:47 AM

55. No

Three reasons: 1) Psychotropic meds; 2) trying really hard to abstain from as much Trump news as possible; and 3) the fact that I like the feeling of alcohol WAY too much and I'd become an alcoholic way too easily.

I feel for those of you who have neither option (#2 being reporters, lawyers, activists, etc)

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Response to smirkymonkey (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 05:59 PM

57. Can't drink, but have been vaping medical weed like a steam-powered locomotive.

It's made the utterly intolerable...somewhat tolerable. The effects are only temporary, though. *Heavy sigh*

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