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How many units of alcohol do you drink in an average week? (1 Viewer)

How much do you drink

  • 0- units a week

    Votes: 47 24.7%
  • 1-5-units a week

    Votes: 41 21.6%
  • 5-10 units a week

    Votes: 31 16.3%
  • 10-20 units a week

    Votes: 32 16.8%
  • 20-30 units a week

    Votes: 16 8.4%
  • 30-40 units a week

    Votes: 14 7.4%
  • 40-50 units a week

    Votes: 3 1.6%
  • 50+ units a week

    Votes: 6 3.2%

  • Total voters
    190
Yeah I am in the 40ish range, but I only drink Coors Light so that probably equates to probably around 20 or so real drinks. 

 
Great poll, as I've been thinking about my growing consumption, and how difficult it's become to take a few weeks off. Probably 1-2 beers 3x a week, 1-2 glasses of wine 3-4 times a week. Average about 10-12 drinks per week. Most of those beers are high ABV stouts.  

 
On a side note, since I've pretty much become a teetotaler, I've noticed just how much some people can't do certain things without drinking.  It's weird. I wouldn't call them alcoholics or anything even close.  But they definitely seem addicted.  

 
Typical week is 1-5. I have 1-2 at the brewery on D&D night. 0-2 during a weekly home game. 0-2 rest of the week. My wife and I rarely drink when it's just the two of us.

Monthly we have "booze and board games" night and there's also a pro wrestling PPV to watch. Several during those.

 
Depends on if I am travelling for work. I'm in sales so I go to a lot of conferences and events that seem to include alcohol. Cocktail parties, nice dinners, etc. 

At home home with no travel, maybe 2-3/week. Usually wine or beer.

If travelling (like the past 12 days in a row), consumption probably goes up to 12-15/week. Usually wine or vodka.

 
From age 18 until about age 38 I was drinking 3 to 4 nights a week at bars.  And I was having probably 6 beers at least each night out.  Usually more.  

Between 38 and 40, I probably drank 1 night a week and I would still drink a ton.  

At age 40, I got tired of waking up with a hangover.  The morning was no longer worth the night.  I probably drink once or twice a year now.  
I drink one or two margaritas per week since age 40. Can't do the hangovers.

Good to see you here.
I chose 5-10 in the poll (52 here), but it's closer to the 5 than the 10 these days. Usually 2 beers with our weekly dinner out, and a beer or three on Sunday afternoon while doing house chores / garage work.  

Like you guys, it used to be more - probably 20-30 a week on average, usually cramming those into weekends. But as I passed 40, it started to bother me more and more the next day, and it also started messing with my stomach/sleep as well.  Being heavily buzzed / drunk is also too time consuming in my mind. Give me the 2-3 beer buzz, and leave it at that. 

 
On a side note, since I've pretty much become a teetotaler, I've noticed just how much some people can't do certain things without drinking.  It's weird. I wouldn't call them alcoholics or anything even close.  But they definitely seem addicted.  
I noticed this with my wife and I several years ago - we'd go in our pool on the weekend, and automatically, we'd have a full cooler of drinks and were pretty sloshed by the evening. We've curtailed that markedly (she hardly drinks at all these days - fatty liver, so she has 1-2 a week), but cutting back did feel really strange for awhile. 

 
On a side note, since I've pretty much become a teetotaler, I've noticed just how much some people can't do certain things without drinking.  It's weird. I wouldn't call them alcoholics or anything even close.  But they definitely seem addicted.  
The psychological community calls these people alcoholics.  

 
I know people who may drink 5 times a year.  And that's because they play golf 5 times a year.  They aren't alcoholics.  But if you were to ask them to play and tell them they couldn't drink, they wouldn't play.  
I gotcha.  So certain situations bring about drinking in them, kinda like going on vacation = more drinking.  I assumed that their drinking was more consistent.  

 
I gotcha.  So certain situations bring about drinking in them, kinda like going on vacation = more drinking.  I assumed that their drinking was more consistent.  
Yeah, I meant that it's weird that people need alcohol to do certain things.  And I get what you're saying, too.  I'm always blown away how it's become acceptable behavior for women to talk about how much wine they drink so they can deal with their kids and kids' activities.  To me, they have a drinking problem.  I couldn't imagine needing to be buzzed to deal with my kids. 

 
Welp, seems I'm on the higher end here at 20-30/week.  Generally speaking I'll have a glass of wine 3-4x week, a scotch about every night, and then 2-3 beers 5-6 nights/week.  Works out to 22-25 units/week.  I guess that's too much. 

 
  • Friday to Sunday:  10 to 15 units*
  • Monday to Thursday:  Less than 5 units*
I just finished my official self audit.

*subject to change without notice

 
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Since I've changed to bourbon, it is hard to know how many units I'm getting.  I'd say around half of an 8oz glass most nights, sometimes more but also 2ish nights a week w/out.  So I'd estimate 28.  

That may be on the high side, as I've been trying to moderate a bit.  I'm 42 now.  If I go to sleep too buzzed, I'll wake up in the middle of the night w/ a hangover and never get back to good sleep.  Getting old sucks.

I've really been thinking about taking some time off the bottle, but the wife and I both have a ton of work stress right now and neither of us can seem to quit.  We both attempt to cut out Sun-Th nights almost every week, but then a crappy day at work for one of us changes those plans.  

Wife is getting blood work done today (routine), changes may be coming soon.  

 
Mine sort of varies a bit...football season with hockey going on...is probably on the higher side as I will have a few drinks on a Sunday watching games and might have a beer or two during a hockey game either during the week or on Saturdays.

I did have a stretch there after my mom passed where I was easily having drinks 3-4 times a week.  Not like full on drunk, but a good 3 glasses of bourbon.  But after a while I realized I was substituting alcohol for my healthier running and working out and dealing with crap.  So I don't really drink much during the week except once a month having a couple beers while playing trivia with some friends on a Wednesday at a local bar.

So I guess average would probably more on the 5- drinks a week (which covers the weeks I have nothing at all)

 
4-6 IPA's a night while cooking dinner. Torpedo being most common because it's delicious and usually $14.99 a 12-pack. I'm sticking to a great budget lately, and can feed the 2 of us on about $600-700 a month. $250 of that grocery budget is beer. I prefer that than the other way around. I can do magic with jasmine rice and pinto beans, washed down with a nice IPA.

 
Poke_4_Life said:
I've really been thinking about taking some time off the bottle, but the wife and I both have a ton of work stress right now and neither of us can seem to quit.  We both attempt to cut out Sun-Th nights almost every week, but then a crappy day at work for one of us changes those plans.  
This is my house too.  

 
Depends on how much golf I play. Seriously. 

I cut back socially appear a year ago (along with my wife - which has helped) when I realized I was drinking, while not to excess, like 5 nights per week. Now, I’ll really only have a couple glasses of wine on a Friday night and usually share a bottle of wine on a weekend afternoon. 

Golf, though, changes things because my game improves with about 3-4 drinks in my system. I presently am filling my flask and will begin drinking it in about an hour. So, today and tomorrow won’t be good for the liver. 

 
Poke_4_Life said:
Since I've changed to bourbon, it is hard to know how many units I'm getting.  I'd say around half of an 8oz glass most nights, sometimes more but also 2ish nights a week w/out.  So I'd estimate 28.  

That may be on the high side, as I've been trying to moderate a bit.  I'm 42 now.  If I go to sleep too buzzed, I'll wake up in the middle of the night w/ a hangover and never get back to good sleep.  Getting old sucks.

I've really been thinking about taking some time off the bottle, but the wife and I both have a ton of work stress right now and neither of us can seem to quit.  We both attempt to cut out Sun-Th nights almost every week, but then a crappy day at work for one of us changes those plans.  

Wife is getting blood work done today (routine), changes may be coming soon.  
This isn’t far off where I was a year ago except it was wine in lieu of bourbon. 

 
From age 18 until about age 38 I was drinking 3 to 4 nights a week at bars.  And I was having probably 6 beers at least each night out.  Usually more.  

Between 38 and 40, I probably drank 1 night a week and I would still drink a ton.  

At age 40, I got tired of waking up with a hangover.  The morning was no longer worth the night.  I probably drink once or twice a year now.  
Yup, hangovers aren't worth it for me too.  Even when I do drink, I usually end up feeling like crap before going to bed.  

 
On a side note, since I've pretty much become a teetotaler, I've noticed just how much some people can't do certain things without drinking.  It's weird. I wouldn't call them alcoholics or anything even close.  But they definitely seem addicted.  
+1

Some people just need an outlet every now and then.  Others live that way every single day.  

 
Chose 5-10, but It fluctuates for me.  I enjoy most alcoholic beverages but due to daughter's activities I do not want to put myself in a position where I have to transport her after I have consumed anything.  Over the past 15-20 years or so drinking is more about complimenting meals than getting a buzz. Maybe a few glasses of wine (margaritas, beer, whatever) during the week, with maybe a few more on the weekend.

When summer hits...longer days, fewer commitments for daughter, and I bbq/grill more often. I will put on music and have a few in the backyard.

 
Chose 5-10, but It fluctuates for me.  I enjoy most alcoholic beverages but due to daughter's activities I do not want to put myself in a position where I have to transport her after I have consumed anything.  Over the past 15-20 years or so drinking is more about complimenting meals than getting a buzz. Maybe a few glasses of wine (margaritas, beer, whatever) during the week, with maybe a few more on the weekend.

When summer hits...longer days, fewer commitments for daughter, and I bbq/grill more often. I will put on music and have a few in the backyard.
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