How many beers do you drink per day? Y'all ever take a break?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Doppelbocker98, Mar 11, 2023.

  1. Doppelbocker98

    Doppelbocker98 Initiate (170) Feb 7, 2023 Nevada

    I'm sure something like this has been asked before, but I'd like to re-open the discussion for newbs like me.

    I gave up alcohol for lent, primarily due to putting on a little fat from drinking every night. At the end of the day, it's probably good to give it up for some time and come back. That doesn't mean I don't love beer and won't drink it again, it just means that I recognize that alcohol abuse could kill me one day. I came to this realization, primarily because I was playing around with one of those drink calculators on the internet. For instance, drinking just one 12oz 8% ABV beers a night is actually more like drinking 1.5 standard drinks.
    So if you drink 2, you're actually drinking 3. If you drink 3, you're actually drinking 4.5. Knowing this, I would say at my worst I was probably drinking 4.5-6 "standard drinks" per day, but it was only 2 or 3 bottles so it was harder to keep track. I know there are some people that drink way more, but I'm not trying to make this post about that.

    What's your strategy to keep alcohol weight off? Have you ever taken time off from alcohol?
  2. hopsputin

    hopsputin Grand Pooh-Bah (3,787) Apr 1, 2012 New Jersey

    I don't drink Monday-Thursday.

    Friday & Saturday i kinda just drink whatever, unless I'm driving or we have activities planned.

    Sunday sometimes a few, sometimes not.

    If possible, i like to do weights 3 days/week and ride the bike 2 days.

    Still, the older i get the more the lbs creep regardless :grinning:
  3. Doppelbocker98

    Doppelbocker98 Initiate (170) Feb 7, 2023 Nevada

    The fate of an American, unfortunately. My mom's parents are Italian immigrants, and a millennia of tomato sauce and spaghetti has cursed with genetic pre-disposition for lifestyle diseases. Being an Italian-American is a double whammy.
  4. hopsputin

    hopsputin Grand Pooh-Bah (3,787) Apr 1, 2012 New Jersey

    ha! i'm not Italian, but I'm from northern NJ so i kinda get it :slight_smile:
  5. Braunmeister_1943

    Braunmeister_1943 Pooh-Bah (1,999) Nov 22, 2020 Pennsylvania
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    I’m similar to @hopsputin . Friday night and Saturday late afternoon/evenings are my imbibing days.

    I have a physically demanding job, so I can’t really afford to drink during the week. I try to do some weight training on Saturdays and Sundays. I also try to eat healthy all week. I’ve managed to maintain a pretty steady weight, but alas, Father Time is slowly catching up to me!
  6. AZgman

    AZgman Pundit (762) Dec 22, 2011 Arizona

    Usually one beer a night, but I am slim and able to tolerate calories pretty well. However, I don't have a thyroid, so my metabolism is controlled via synthetic hormone replacement, so there is no dynamic adjustment. I also tend to drink lower ABV (<7%) beers.
  7. budsNpils

    budsNpils Pooh-Bah (2,192) Aug 6, 2021 Texas
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    Work out more I mean good workouts to, cardio and weights. Drink lower abv beers less higher abv's (more pale lagers). Save the higher abv brews for treats. Eat better, don't eat sweets or shit with a bunch of trash in it. Homemade foods from scratch, cut fastfood out.

    Of course drinking less is the most sensible option but I know it can be hard. I totally drink to much but I'm working on it and stay conscious about it.
  8. Doppelbocker98

    Doppelbocker98 Initiate (170) Feb 7, 2023 Nevada

    In Texas I went to a good BJJ gym, and I basically ate and drink whatever I wanted and didn't gain weight. I'm not really that big on sweets, just beer lol. I haven't trained for like 6 months, so I'm basically gaining the weight I used to burn off.
  9. VABA

    VABA Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,409) Aug 8, 2015 Virginia

    Fauci is Italian American and ran 6 miles a day well into his sixties…
  10. Doppelbocker98

    Doppelbocker98 Initiate (170) Feb 7, 2023 Nevada

    I just meant I have familial genetic pre-disposition to heart disease. My Italian family is more or less healthy weight and over half of them still have heart problems, which means its unrelated to being overweight
  11. budsNpils

    budsNpils Pooh-Bah (2,192) Aug 6, 2021 Texas
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    I use to be able to eat drink what I wanted then turn around and be active all day in the Texas summer heat but as I hit 30 my body started changing on me for sure.

    You have to burn off what you just drank the day before or else you'll just keep gaining weight as you drink.
  12. Shanex

    Shanex Grand Pooh-Bah (4,244) Dec 10, 2015 France
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    @VABA He even had a beer named after him. :wink:

  13. budsNpils

    budsNpils Pooh-Bah (2,192) Aug 6, 2021 Texas
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  14. Doppelbocker98

    Doppelbocker98 Initiate (170) Feb 7, 2023 Nevada

    I've heard about that before. One of my friends basically was incapable of gaining weight because his thyroid was underactive, so the doctor put him on a synthetic hormone to gain weight. He still was very lean. Do you feel less desire to eat, or do you pig out and just not gain weight?
  15. defunksta

    defunksta Pooh-Bah (2,488) Jan 18, 2019 North Dakota
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    Probably overactive or hyperthyroid rather than underactive because that makes it difficult to gain weight. It can be used to treat the hyperthyroid and lower the metabolism. If you are hyperthyroid you can pig out and cannot gain weight. Does not mean that it is healthy but rather a metabolism disorder that can be treated if you have hyperthyroid.
  16. budsNpils

    budsNpils Pooh-Bah (2,192) Aug 6, 2021 Texas
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    Good on you for taking a break btw!
  17. jageraholic

    jageraholic Maven (1,366) Sep 16, 2009 Massachusetts

    I take a break from drinking daily between the hours of 10pm and 6am. Ba dum tsss
  18. draheim

    draheim Grand Pooh-Bah (3,979) Sep 18, 2010 Washington

    Maybe this is weird, but I drink only when I feel like drinking, and often not even then. On average that works out to having a beer about once or twice a week—granted, sometimes that “one beer” is a 22oz or 750mL high ABV imperial stout or barleywine, so technically equivalent to three or four “normal” beers. But still, I’m not consuming that volume every night, or even most nights, so I think it’s reasonable.

    During fresh-hop season this tends to increase because those beers fall off fast and I usually buy several 4- or 6-packs within a short window. Thankfully that period lasts only a month or two every year—but those local fresh-hop beers are very special, so I allow myself the indulgence.
  19. Doppelbocker98

    Doppelbocker98 Initiate (170) Feb 7, 2023 Nevada

  20. The_Kriek_Freak

    The_Kriek_Freak Grand Pooh-Bah (4,271) Aug 18, 2014 Pennsylvania
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    I drink more than I should, but even so it's less than what I used to. Monday-Thursday I set the upper limit at 2 beers (one while cooking and one after dinner), while Fri-Sun it's fair game. I drink mostly lagers, milds, and IPAs/DIPAs, with very few super high ABV beers (Imperial Stouts, Barleywines, etc).
  21. DrStiffington

    DrStiffington Grand Pooh-Bah (3,424) Oct 27, 2010 New Jersey

    Add me to the list of weekend only drinkers with few exceptions. That along with daily exercise and pretty healthy eating habits has kept the weight off, (although this winter
    I’ve seen my weight creep up a few pounds - it gets tougher after 50 I’ve noticed).
  22. beer_beer

    beer_beer Pooh-Bah (1,945) Feb 13, 2018 Finland
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    My best method when I still drank was not drinking during weekends, because then there is the most time to drink.

    For some reason 24 standard drinks a week was the "upper limit" for males in Finland, and I took care not to be over that in my whisky tasting (and not so tasting). Tapered it down to 10-12 a week, but it was too cumbersome and I quit five years ago after putting in some considerable energy, and NA beer became the beloved thing.

    But my most important technique was not drinking during Saturdays and Sundays even at the height of my consumption, interesting.
    #22 beer_beer, Mar 11, 2023
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  23. zac16125

    zac16125 Grand Pooh-Bah (3,296) Jan 26, 2010 South Carolina
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    Not quite enough, or a bit too much…..depending who you ask.
  24. ramseye4

    ramseye4 Savant (1,039) May 14, 2010 Virginia

    I drink about 4 days per week, but only have 1-2, max 4.

    I’ll occasionally catch a little buzz I don’t drink to the point of intoxication any more. I don’t have any moral qualms with it I just don’t like the way it makes me feel any more, both during and the next day.

    I need to cut back to 2-3 days a week or so just because I’m still laid up from acl and meniscus surgery and have gotten fat
  25. budsNpils

    budsNpils Pooh-Bah (2,192) Aug 6, 2021 Texas
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    That's a good 1!
  26. bbtkd

    bbtkd Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,104) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    For me, average beers per day is about one. I prefer strong dark BA beers that are 10-18% ABV, though I've decreased my average ABV by getting into sours, IPAs, and NEIPAs which average 6% or so. I recently did dry-February, my first break from drinking since I got into craft. I confirmed I'm not an alcoholic, but also confirmed alcohol as the prime trigger to my arthritis pain.
  27. Resistance88

    Resistance88 Pooh-Bah (2,384) Apr 9, 2015 California
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    I train regularly and i have put on some weight since i switched workouts.

    I went from Muay Thai 3-5x a week to running Strong Lifts 5x5 that i switched to a variation on Ice Cream Fitness 2.0 that I'll switch to the Endurance verion of Wendlers 5x3x1.
    The close summer gets I'll switch back to Muay Thai cuz that to me is one of the the best fuckin fat burners for ANYONE , but what turned me off was that i did lose some muscle mass.

    I also walk a shitload . Still put on weight since my main drink of choice are Imperial Stouts without additives made for children (:stuck_out_tongue:)
  28. Braunmeister_1943

    Braunmeister_1943 Pooh-Bah (1,999) Nov 22, 2020 Pennsylvania
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  29. NorsemanOne

    NorsemanOne Savant (1,157) Sep 17, 2021 Utah
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    More than I should

    I strive for x2 drinking days a week (Tues/Thurs)

    But trading, new beers, and life's short factor often alter that.

    I'm fairly active, so weight is a small concern, but I keep watch.

    Personally as long as I keep putting wife and kids first - I'm gonna 'eat the nice chocolate' drink the nice beer and enjoy it

    May/maybe not worth mentioning: I don't drink anything alcoholic outside of the very occasional and special treat of mead.

    #29 NorsemanOne, Mar 11, 2023
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2023
  30. AZgman

    AZgman Pundit (762) Dec 22, 2011 Arizona

    I eat less. Since I can't adjust metabolism like a normal person, if I eat too much I feel sick
  31. bubseymour

    bubseymour Grand Pooh-Bah (4,374) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland
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    Just wondering, did your arthritis pain subside during your dry-February? If so, how long into it did you start to notice a difference?
  32. dbl_delta

    dbl_delta Grand Pooh-Bah (3,715) Sep 22, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    Yeah, I walk a lot (6-8 miles a day). Walking burns about 100 calories per mile. So if I want to maintain weight and I drank a 16 ounce 7.5% beer (about 300 calories) last night, I'd have to walk 3 miles to burn that off. (That's depressing, but there you have it.)
    Pro hint: get a dog. A dog will keep you on task. Personal trainer for free, more or less.
  33. Resistance88

    Resistance88 Pooh-Bah (2,384) Apr 9, 2015 California
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    As stated, HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) is prolly the only thing that'll save you from the dreaded beer gut.
    NOBODY likes a beer belly. NOBODY.

    id rather die than get a needy ass dog.
    ( I'm a cat person) :stuck_out_tongue:
  34. bbtkd

    bbtkd Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,104) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    Relief was immediate, but I didn't realize it for a few days. I've had gouty arthritis since I was 37, and while it started out in the typical big toe, it's progressed to pretty much any joint. Turkey is the biggest trigger, followed by alcohol, shellfish, and fried food. I'm on daily meds and as long as I don't overdo the triggers, I'm good. Restarting in March, I'm lowering my average ABV and skipping more days, and so far, so good.
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  35. dcotom

    dcotom Grand Pooh-Bah (4,896) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    I've cut way back over the past few years. I usually don't average more than a couple of beers a week, and I don't usually drink more than a few ounces at a time. I don't typically drink low ABV beers, and I never touch AAL's. I enjoy the occasional bourbon, Scotch, spirit-forward cocktail, or whatever suits my mood, but seldom more than one a night. I've been struggling with weight for as long as I can remember, so I try to watch my diet. I'll get back to cycling if we ever get any decent weather again. I have a come-to-Jesus meeting with the cardiologist this week. I may very well be changing some (many?) of my habits based on his findings. For now, though, I'm going to have a wee dram before bed. Medicinal purposes, etc., etc.
  36. dbl_delta

    dbl_delta Grand Pooh-Bah (3,715) Sep 22, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    Just try to walk a fucking cat. :grimacing:
  37. ChicagoJ

    ChicagoJ Grand Pooh-Bah (3,881) Feb 2, 2015 Illinois
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    Here to provide an example of someone who increased drinking to daily over the past three years.

    My weight has been primarily a function of my diet and exercise, with alcohol playing a role but not the primary one, IMO, except when I did significantly increase beer consumption during the first two years of lockdowns (Ages 50-51).

    My preferred beer style is 4-7% ABV year round, with 2-3 High ABV BA beers mixed into the mix per week when it’s under 65 F (October-April). I like to drink seasonally.

    Age 18 - 45 (whiskey / pre craft):
    • Socially, weekends primarily, primarily whiskey rocks/neat. Didn’t drink at home.
    • Weight increased at times during heavy workloads in 40s (BMI 27-32). I was down to Senior HS / Fresh Year College year weight (BMI 24-26) in much of my 20s-30s with improved diet and exercise (football, softball, hiking).
    Age 45 - 50 (Begin of craft beer era)
    • Craft beer, now both at home periodically and out either socially and solo brewery visits. Cut out whiskey beyond perhaps several drinks a year since.
    • Weight down to College - 20s weight (BMI 26-27) with consensus efforts of diet and exercise (brisk walks 15-16 min miles, 4-9 total).
    Age 50 - 51:
    • Retired, bumped up drinking to 2-3 beers at home, perhaps 4-7 total on days I also went out.
    • Gained weight up to 30-31 BMI, I contend primarily due to lockdowns, though I still tried to walk at times. Just far less places to go. Also went out far less socially these two years, like many in certain areas/countries were forced.
    Age 52-53:
    • Consciously implemented lowering my beer intake to 1 beer at home on most days. Would say I go out and have perhaps 1-3 more beers in a day on a 1-2 brewery / bar visits perhaps 2-4 times a month.
    • 4-5 weeks per year, I travel and typically drink 3-6 on days I’m hitting breweries, 1-2 if I am hitting National / State Parks.
    • My tolerance has dropped substantially over the past two years.
    • I’ve lost ten pounds to start this year, with the goal to reach Senior HS weight (24 BMI) by year end, and Sophomore / Junior HS weight (22 BMI) by next Spring, which I want to maintain (22-24, hopefully regain some muscle).
    Even if I fall short, I will still be back where I should be. Envisioning no more lockdowns, which have adversely impacted my physical and mental health and motivation, though I also take responsibility.
  38. Sound_Explorer

    Sound_Explorer Pooh-Bah (2,708) Dec 29, 2013 Washington
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    I, like most here have noted, typically don't drink if I have work the next day or some early activities the next day. Most my beers are Friday &/or Saturday. I have been angling toward lagers predominantly with a lower ABV typically and avoiding the haze as much as possible (they give the WORST headaches the next day no matter what I do) or big beer unless at home to enjoy slowly. I also drink water while I'm drinking to help fill me up and minimize impact as best I can.

    I can go a couple weeks without any beer really, even with my Tavour order sitting on my counter in the kitchen. I can go to my favorite beer bar once a month and that be all my consumption. Even still, I feel I would consider myself a bit of a binge drinker on those days/times I do drink at about 5-7 16oz cans or poured pints. Been doing this awhile that I know the signs of when to stop and, unlike when I was 28 or 29, I listen.

    As I have gotten older, and I think as the beer scene has changed, it isn't as important anymore to be getting the "latest and greatest" as often as I can. I have had nearly every kind of beer in one way or another, so that "ticking" need has greatly dissipated the last few years. Hazy has, I feel, played a big role in that as so many breweries just start pumping out hazy after hazy. All such similar crap (looking at you Anchorage Brewing). I think we live in a precious time of amazing spirits, beer, and wine along with many different ways to enjoy such things. Be careful and smart out there to enjoy responsibly and in a healthy way. Make the sensible choice rather than the eternal 20-something choice.
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  39. Reidrover

    Reidrover Grand Pooh-Bah (4,435) Jan 14, 2003 Oregon
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    Way too f*ckin much.
    But I have reached 58, a longer age than most of humanity. I dont care anymore. I have 4 days non alcohol then 3 i drink whatever.
    I have given up sugars, bread, pasta etc but i will never ever give up beer.
    Its all exercise in reality. Move more. Eat what you like but move a LOT.