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  • Alcohol in Social Events

    Hello all.

    I have found myself with somewhat of a mental dilemma. I am a 21 year old member of the military and as such find many social events have a large emphasis on alcohol consumption. I, personally, enjoy a couple of beers but I am contemplating cutting down to 1 a week to aid my primal lifestyle (on top of the other negatives of liquid grains). My dilemma arises with the assumed notion that alcohol will be consumed in large quantities at these events and the mild alienation that comes with not being 'inebriated'. How would you approach this problem?

    Thanks in advance.

    Martin
    Registry Fixer

  • #2
    Nurse the same drink for a long time. I know what it's like in the military, so I'm going to be the last one to tell you to try to take a stand and not drink, just try to not over-indulge and only on occasion.

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    • #3
      Hi Martin-

      I am an old woman, not a young man, so my take on this may not be helpful. But when I feel social pressure to eat or drink in a way that is contrary to how I choose, I ask myself, "If you were diabetic, would you let people pressure you to eat sugar?" Or "If you were a recovering alcoholic, would you allow people to insist you have a drink?"

      Sometimes we discount the importance of the way we choose to eat/drink, but I consider it a choice for my health, and if I feel pressure to imbibe something that I regard as hazardous to my health, I find a way to refuse. Think about it--if they're all 'inebriated,' they probably won't notice that you're not:-)

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      • #4
        This points to how integrated alcohol is in our daily lives. I'm 56 and alcohol has become less of an issue with me, however, there are still times when I'm out with buddies and we're having several beers. I have learned to nurse my beer longer and drink slowly. On occasion I will let loose a little and not think about it as much. Kinda depends on what's going on. I try not to drink more then one sometimes two nights during the week.

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        • #5
          Thanks for your replies. All very helpful.

          I can take the inevitable 'banter' that comes with refusing to drink alcohol. What concerns me more is once people have accepted the fact, they would be less inclined to invite me along to certain events. I would lose out on a lot of important social opportunities and, as anyone who as worked in a team environment before will know, struggle to be an accepted member of the group (socially).

          I believe the best course of action is to reduce intake but not altogether remove alcohol from my diet. Maybe target other alcoholic drinks that have less of a carb influence. Any recommendations?

          Martin
          Registry Fixer

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          • #6
            if you can IF check this out!
            it works


            http://www.leangains.com/2010/07/tru...nd-muscle.html

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            • #7
              I hesitate to recommend mixing drinks (been there, not pretty!), but how about cultivating a like for a brandy or whisky, on the rocks, and nurse that? The only drawback being the % compared to beer.
              I think if you can join in the banter etc of the fellow drunks whilst not being drunk yourself, they won't even notice what you have in your glass. The "problem" arises if you don't drink and are then a party pooper.

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              • #8
                I know this might not be attainable in your situation but if they cant accept your lifestyle choices, maybe you should find a new crowd.

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                • #9
                  Just be the DD.

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                  • #10
                    If you want to be sneaky about it, you could take a can, go to the bathroom, empty the can down the sink, and fill the can with water, and you can refill the same can as many times as you like throughout the night. That way they can see you drinking beer, but you have the advantage of not actually drinking.

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                    • #11
                      Stay classy, and sip whisky while your buddies get belligerent. You'll be the one that maintains at the end of the night and feels better in the morning. You also may be the one driving to the ER when some jackass gets in a fight or jumps off the rooftop into a swimming pool or other stupid stuff drunk military men have been known to do.

                      You could also volunteer to be the DD, but that sucks.
                      Every Day is a New Adventure

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                      • #12
                        Not sure what the exact situation is but if mixed drinks are included just keep a glass of ice water in your hand and no one will be the wiser. If it's a bartender duke him good at the outset and let him know what yours is going to be if you're doing the whole round thing. If it's just hanging with friends and they give you shit, well they're not your friends.
                        Wheat is the new tobacco. Spread the word.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by IvyBlue View Post
                          Not sure what the exact situation is but if mixed drinks are included just keep a glass of ice water in your hand and no one will be the wiser. If it's a bartender duke him good at the outset and let him know what yours is going to be if you're doing the whole round thing. If it's just hanging with friends and they give you shit, well they're not your friends.
                          Well, hold on. I agree with nursing a drink, and with tipping the bartender to make my drinks short... but friends do give each other shit. Especially guys, especially when they are hanging out with "guy time". Especially military guys -- you have to bond with each other, and harassing the heck out of each other is one way that's done. You need to learn the subtle nuances of giving them shit right back.

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                          • #14
                            Been there, done that. Volunteer to drive your buddies, go slow while they get hammered. Once they're shit housed, they won't know what number beer you're on. Switch to a different drink, one that encourages sipping.

                            My drink of choice is red wine. I go out with friends from work, they just assume I am having wine. At first they would give me shit, now they want to try my wine.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by rrweather View Post
                              Been there, done that. Volunteer to drive your buddies, go slow while they get hammered. Once they're shit housed, they won't know what number beer you're on. Switch to a different drink, one that encourages sipping.

                              My drink of choice is red wine. I go out with friends from work, they just assume I am having wine. At first they would give me shit, now they want to try my wine.
                              what kinda red wine do you get theres like a million kinds when i look at wine!

                              that said, i am 25, i drink not often but theres a few times a year i crack open a bottle of bacardi
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