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Beer and th joys thereof

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by bobg, 30 Jul 2007.

  1. bobg

    bobg Über Member

    Location:
    Crosby Merseyside
    There's a thead running re weight loss on the Health and Efficiency ( or whatever) forum where 6 or 7 pints a week as "moderate" is questioned Nonwithstanding weight loss I'd be interested to hear what you all think is moderate. Personally, where I was dragged up (East London in the 50's ) 6 or 7 pints was a night out for a working man on a Friday .....Its not too different here in Liverpool in 2007 either. I couldnt manage that any more but a couple of beers 2 or 3 times a week is OK aint it - please say yes or I may have to seek counselling.;)
     
  2. Brock

    Brock Senior Member

    Location:
    Kent
    The point is if someone tells you it's not ok, do you really care?
     
  3. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    Hmmm! In the early 80s I was office-bound and had a pub lunch about three times a week (one hour, grub and four pints of Greene King IPA). Rugby training Tuesday and Thursday evenings was followed by about 4-5 beers, Friday night out 6-7, and after a game of rugby on Saturday, it could have been anything up to a dozen pints! :ohmy:xx(:biggrin:
    Mind you, I was 110 kg then, office job, propping (up the scrum and bar ;)), but I managed to escape! :biggrin:
     
  4. gavintc

    gavintc Guru

    Location:
    Southsea
    I had my LGV renewal medical recently. The GP asked how many units a week I drank on average. I said 10-14 units a week. He then commented that I was therefore a heavy drinker. I was a tad surprised as I do not regard myself as a heavy drinker. Thankfully, he let me reduce my 'score' for his official record to bring myself in line with being a moderate drunk. For the record a bottle of wine at 12% measures 9 units and a pint of beer 2-3 units.
     
  5. TimO

    TimO Veteran

    Location:
    London
    It depends on what you mean by OK. Do you mean from the point of view of being an alcoholic, or from a health point of view?

    I'd say that a pint a night is far from being an alcoholic, but it's a moderate amount of alcohol, and beer does have a fair number of calories, so if you're trying to loose weight it wouldn't be a good thing.

    I seem to recall that by some measures, one unit of alcohol a night is actually mor healthy than no alcohol, so a sneaky half might be good for you. ;)
     
  6. monnet

    monnet Über Member

    I also read that different countries measure these things in different ways. So here 3 drinks or around 7/8 units is regarded as binge drinking. In the Basque Country (Spanish side, but not Spain in general) binge drinking is classed as over 12 units.

    This is taken further when you consider that the amount of alcohol that constitutes a unit varies according country. British units are, predictably, the smallest and, curiously, the Japanese are the highest.

    I think the moral of what I'm trying to say is choose where you drink carefully.
     
  7. Nortones2

    Nortones2 Über Member

    Have to remember that GPs double the stated consumption, on the basis that most drinkers are slightly forgetful......
     
  8. 6 or 7 pints a night!!!! that's a lot of coffee.

    L
     
  9. Elmer Fudd

    Elmer Fudd Miserable Old Bar Steward

    Isn't that a seventies hide it under the bed, sticky page, look at the "LAYDEES BITS" magazine ?
    Bloody Hell ! Thats an aperitif !!
     
  10. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    I've heard it said that if you have a beer everynight you are a slight alcoholic, therefore on at least one day a week I drink at lunchtime!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  11. Mr Celine

    Mr Celine Discordian

    Location:
    Under a cloud
    A heavy drinker is someone who drinks more than their doctor does. If you're worried, find a doctor who drinks more than you do. ;)
     
  12. ChrisKH

    ChrisKH Shorts Adjustment Expert

    Location:
    Essex
    When I started work in the City, five pints at lunchtime was not unusual especially on a Friday. Bosses were there too.

    Now it's unusual if I exceed 1 unit a week. Which on your doctor's reckoning would make me an AA member.

    Mind you, I'm doing about a gramme of coke over the weekend.;);)
     
  13. Disgruntled Goat

    Disgruntled Goat New Member

    I drink too much. I know that. 30 Units a week more or less. I just like drinking. Still, it is a lot less than when I was in my twenties.

    A typical weekend went like this:

    Friday Night: 8 pints
    Sat Afternoon: 5 Pints
    Sat Evening: 8 Pints
    Sun Afternoon: 4 pints
    Sun Evening: 4 Pints

    Close on 50 units a weekend. Every weekend.

    I would also go on the piss a couple of nights in the week. Drinking at lunchtime wasn't uncommon. Nobody seems to do that anymore do they?

    To this day I don't know how I did it.
     
  14. mosschops2

    mosschops2 New Member

    Location:
    Nottingham
    IMO 6-7 pints a week IS moderate - certainly I'd think way below average!

    I drink less - 2-3 beers a week - but that's mainly because I'm up with young Master Mosschops from 1am - 2am most nights, and therefore need to be sober, don't feel like drinking, and am happy with that. In a couple of weeks, I may be back to my former normal level of drinking say 3 nights a week (ie at home with tea - not out on the lash), and having 1 or 2 bottles - say 5 per week. And going out might occur once a month, when I might have 5 or 6 beers!

    But given that for many people 2 or 3 a night is not much, and 10 or 12 on a Friday and Saturday is normal, I'd definately agree that 6-7 per week is moderate.

    At the same time however, if you (not you per se, rather "one") were looking to loose weight seriously, this would be a max, and you might want to consider 2 or 3 beers a week, or cutting it out altogether!!!
     
  15. Elmer Fudd

    Elmer Fudd Miserable Old Bar Steward

    I drink well within the recomended limits of 28 units per week

    I'm (as I type) up to 12:34pm

    28th June 2056

    Another 1000 years to go will see me out I think ;)