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    Another solid weekend here. It was my wife’s birthday so I cooked nice meals both days and paired it with HopLark or seltzer. Soccer and bikes largely a washout so I hopped on the Peloton yesterday for the first half of a soccer game.

    Hosting a few families of kids’ school friends and making them pizza next weekend and will put some HopLark and a few NA beers in the cooler.
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    Checking in. Still doing good. Had a few beers this weekend, but being good about Sun-Thu at minimum. I'm traveling for work pretty much every week and have operationalized no booze while on the road, despite steakhouse dinners, team events, etc. Most of my co-workers are on board but one or two still giving me a hard time which can be annoying.
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    Quote Originally Posted by robin3mj View Post
    Checking in. Still doing good. Had a few beers this weekend, but being good about Sun-Thu at minimum. I'm traveling for work pretty much every week and have operationalized no booze while on the road, despite steakhouse dinners, team events, etc. Most of my co-workers are on board but one or two still giving me a hard time which can be annoying.
    Yeah, when I quit drinking not only did I get a hard time from some about it, but also lost a number of what I thought were good friends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TonyP View Post
    Yeah, when I quit drinking not only did I get a hard time from some about it, but also lost a number of what I thought were good friends.
    I experienced this as well. I didn't quit drinking; I would just limit myself to a beer with the meal while traveling. My companions would want to hang out in a sports bar and drink pitchers of beer until the late hours. I was in the Navy for 27 years; I did the stupid stuff and worked it out of my system long ago. I was excluded from some trips because I just wanted to head back to the hotel after dinner. On one trip, there was a sports bar next to the hotel parking lot. I was just as happy at the nearby Waffle House.
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    Late to the party (I visit the OT section even less since it got moved 'below the scroll'), but found this thread today so I'll add my tuppence - and apologies, I haven't read all of it thoroughly.

    Garro's advice is spot-on. Nothing more than that to add, aside from to seek out some non-alcoholic stuff besides just beer if you can. We're lucky in Oz in that non-alc beverages are 'on trend' and available all over the place - wines, mocktails, beers, spirits... you can literally replicate almost any alcoholic drink, and the 0% stuff is often barely distinguishable from the real McCoy*.

    I'm a wine drinker, but when I'm on a boys night and I'm done with beer I move to a drink called 'Dark & Stormy' (spiced rum, dry ginger beer/ale & lime, plus bitters depending on the education of the bar staff). The non-alc version of this that I buy is *lovely*, so much so that I now have regular stock on-hand to replace the 'glass of wine whilst cooking' (I do most of the midweek cooking here). It gives me that having-a-glass-of-something-that's-not-just-water-or-a-boring-soft-drink feel without the unnecessary alcohol.

    As for why I drink, I think it's always been a confidence thing for me. I'm quite shy and have to force myself to socialise - alcohol always made that easier. Except these days I find I don't need it anywhere near as much (a mental health episode earlier this year plus working through that has made me change my mindset on a number of things, and now I realise I'm much stronger on this than I ever thought I was).

    The nights where I do drink to excess are still good fun (usually), but now I wonder why I bothered - they most likely would have been no less good without the alcohol; and I definitely don't need the hangover too.


    *Red wine aside. Dear god they need to work on the 0% red wine...

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    Apropos this conversation, can anyone recommend a decent (but not too pricey!!) at home BP cuff? My cheap-ass "Omron" is so ludicrously unreliable it's a joke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by monadnocky View Post
    Apropos this conversation, can anyone recommend a decent (but not too pricey!!) at home BP cuff? My cheap-ass "Omron" is so ludicrously unreliable it's a joke.
    I have a cuff I bought at Target. It's an Up & Up brand unit that fits in a small bag. I've done two-week monitoring, and my data aligns with what I see at the doctor's office.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TonyP View Post
    Yeah, when I quit drinking not only did I get a hard time from some about it, but also lost a number of what I thought were good friends.
    Yep, my wife and I drink moderately (probably 3 - 4 drinks/week each on average, all good quality stuff that we savor). We had what we thought were some close (almost family) friends over about 20+ years who hit it harder on a regular basis. Neighbors moved in who could keep up with them, and we introduced them to broaden our circle of friends as we always do. Both couples dropped us like a hot potato. It really upset my wife for a while, as she was close to the woman. It's a couple of years down the road, and I refer to them as the "Cool Kids Drinking Club". Looking at them now (their lives overall, social and political views, etc.), we wonder WTF we ever saw there.

    Tony, those people were never your friends. Same for Robin's co-workers. Looking back at my experience, I think that a lot of people who pressure on you to drink are uncomfortable with their own alcohol dependence. They are looking for affirmation of their normality by trying to draw you in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ldamelio View Post
    I think that a lot of people who pressure on you to drink are uncomfortable with their own alcohol dependence. They are looking for affirmation of their normality by trying to draw you in.
    I would say this is 100% true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ldamelio View Post
    Yep, my wife and I drink moderately (probably 3 - 4 drinks/week each on average, all good quality stuff that we savor). We had what we thought were some close (almost family) friends over about 20+ years who hit it harder on a regular basis. Neighbors moved in who could keep up with them, and we introduced them to broaden our circle of friends as we always do. Both couples dropped us like a hot potato. It really upset my wife for a while, as she was close to the woman. It's a couple of years down the road, and I refer to them as the "Cool Kids Drinking Club". Looking at them now (their lives overall, social and political views, etc.), we wonder WTF we ever saw there.

    Tony, those people were never your friends. Same for Robin's co-workers. Looking back at my experience, I think that a lot of people who pressure on you to drink are uncomfortable with their own alcohol dependence. They are looking for affirmation of their normality by trying to draw you in.
    They were friendships which grew out of drinking together, in reality we were "drinking partners" more so than "friends". And to be honest, I would have done the same if one of them had quit drinking and not myself.

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    The rifts that develop between friends over changing drinking habits is a two way street. Drinkers who pressure others to drink more are one side of the problem; people who've given up drinking and cast judgement on those who don't are the other side of the problem. If drinkers and light/non-drinkers both allow their friends to handle their own alcohol consumption without casting judgement, everyone is better off. I'm a medium drinker, and have 'de-friended' people from both groups - those who pressure me to drink more, and less.

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    Birthday later this week and I’ve landed on a dry year as a challenge. Wish me luck. I’ve really gone off of IPAs over the last month or so, feeling pretty good.

    I came across an NY Times article on various NA beverages and ordered a bunch. HopLark remains my go-to but some of these look interesting. I have a “phony Negroni” from Brooklyn and two spirits from Pentire in Cornwall to mix things up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robin3mj View Post
    Birthday later this week and I’ve landed on a dry year as a challenge. Wish me luck. I’ve really gone off of IPAs over the last month or so, feeling pretty good.

    I came across an NY Times article on various NA beverages and ordered a bunch. HopLark remains my go-to but some of these look interesting. I have a “phony Negroni” from Brooklyn and two spirits from Pentire in Cornwall to mix things up.
    Back when, I knew a fellow that decided to quit drinking, but still live the lifestyle. His favorite watering hole kept his preferred NA beverage on hand for his drinking pleasure. Everything was fine, for a while.

    The sobriety and the lifestyle didn't mix, and in short order the lifestyle won out and he was back to drinking, more than before he quit.

    Don't know anyones habits here but NA beverages may be fine for those designated driver days but be lacking on a day-to-day choice. I know that as someone who has been sober for over 30yrs I couldn't drink NA beverages long before having\needing the real thing. And I don't know where that would lead to. Not worth the gamble, well for me anyway.

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