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Making choices about whether to drink alcohol when at home or not

My 58 year old husband who is soon to retire from a CEO job(ie high stress) loves alcohol and drinks each night. When we are at home, he offers it to me. I have a love/hate relationship with it and seem to get pulled into drinking with him and then regret it when I get sleepy during a movie or feel somewhat impaired reading a book. [more inside]
posted by seekingsimplicity on Dec 16, 2014 - 31 answers

Best pro-tips for managing a five day drink-a-thon

I'm home for the holidays and seeing many friends after years apart. I have five days, each consisting of brunch, lunch and dinner with others, and am looking forward to unimaginable quantities of free alcohol. I am a seasoned (pickled?) drinker that does not normally get hangovers but never have I been on such a social whirlwind with so many opportunities to celebrate. Does anyone have advice for overcoming the potential weaknesses of the flesh to rise to this challenge? Or, how to pace myself when offered so much free deliciousness? Details below [more inside]
posted by partly squamous and partly rugose on Nov 24, 2014 - 23 answers

I can't drink you under the table. The table's already floating away...

I'm a super lightweight (even if I've eaten) who sometimes goes out drinking with new colleagues, in small groups, often as the only female in the group. I'm a happy melty drunk who gets dreamy and quiet rather than more social -- not the worst of all possibilities, but clearly not right for these important professional contexts. Any strategies for always being the non-drinker or less-than-one-drink-er in occasionally competitive and/or macho drinking cultures?
posted by kalapierson on Nov 13, 2014 - 25 answers

Could I be allergic to alcohol?

I had 4 drinks on halloween night - over the course of 4 hours - which resulted in ten hours of serious vomiting the next day. This is not the first time this has happened. Why can't my body tolerate alcohol? [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso on Nov 6, 2014 - 33 answers

Help me get sober in a secular, woman-friendly way

I am in my early thirties, and I am finally facing the fact that I have a substantial drinking problem. Like a lot of people, I drink to mute my feelings--I have been through an awful lot of trauma, so even as I work on things there is still more hurt to feel. I am trying to formulate a recovery plan that works within my own idiosyncrasies and values, but I am not sure what is out there. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 20, 2014 - 24 answers

What are the weirdest alcoholic spirits you know of?

I'd like to give someone a bottle of strange/rare/gross booze (it will be appreciated, I promise!). Do you have any suggestions? I'm NOT looking for unusual versions of standard spirits, like rare vintages of bourbon or gross-flavored vodkas, but rather liquors or liqueurs that are themselves weird or unusual. The recipient is very well-versed in booze, so things like genever and Fernet are not quite weird enough. I'm in a major US city and willing to go through some effort for this, so don't hold back!
posted by rhiannonstone on Oct 14, 2014 - 118 answers

How to stop resenting my partner's drinking

Am I overreacting to my partner's occasional drinking when trying to get sober? It makes me angry and I don't quite know exactly why. Should I ask him to stop drinking around me altogether, or is that unfair and unrealistic? [more inside]
posted by Weng on Oct 3, 2014 - 27 answers

Concerned with husband's recent forays into binge drinking

My moderate-drinker husband has twice in the last month drank to the point of repeatedly vomiting. These binges are out of character and deeply concerning. Should he see his doctor? What can I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 25, 2014 - 42 answers

I would like to make alcoholic boba. IS THIS POSSIBLE?

Tapioca balls in drinks. Also known as boba. I recently saw a bar advertising alcoholic drinks WITH boba in them. And I said "Well that's dumb. Anyone can do that. Why not put the booze IN the boba?" To which a friend said "well that's impossible." And I said, "Oh yeah? Well I'm going to do it." And then I realized I know nothing about this. So to you. Can booze be injected into a tapioca ball? Can they be soaked in booze? Would that work? Would they soak it up? What would be the best way to make booze filled bobas?
posted by rileyray3000 on Mar 25, 2014 - 6 answers

Was it normal that I threw up from drinking Vodka?

What surprises me is that I didn't drink too much, I only drank 2 glasses. It was my first time drinking Vodka, so my question is : Is it normal that I threw up and had the spins? Does that mean that I have a very low tolerance for it? I mixed the second glass with some orange juice. Not sure if that's relevant.
posted by Attozes on Feb 13, 2014 - 65 answers

Beer + effectiveness of a course of methylprednisolone

Will having a beer (or maybe two) affect the efficacy of a course of methylprednisolone? There were no alcohol warnings on the pharmacy packaging, but of course the Internet says not to combine them, as it says for everything. Thanks! If it matters, this is day 4 of the course.
posted by fiercecupcake on Jan 25, 2014 - 4 answers

Mindful drinking

I can idly finish a bottle of wine. How do I not? [more inside]
posted by anonymoosemoosemoose on Jan 7, 2014 - 52 answers

Help convince me that alcohol isn't terrible!

I don't drink at all and I'm happy that way. What I don't like is the strong aversion I have to other people drinking. Help me understand why people drink and why it needn't be all that evil! :) [more inside]
posted by miaow on Dec 20, 2013 - 38 answers

How to be more assertive in turning down social events?

Asking for my son, who has confided in me. I am unsure of the best way to proceed, so I am turning to the hivemind. My son needs help in assertively turning down social events that he would not like to attend. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 1, 2013 - 23 answers

How to avoid pregnancy questions on my wife's upcoming business trip?

My wife is very early into her first pregnancy (4/5 weeks). We are very excited and nervous and overjoyed and terrified. We also know it's extremely early, and as such at the moment we aren't telling anyone anything (not even family or close friends), other than her doctor. The issue is that my wife is going on a business trip soon for 4 days, during which time her small group of coworkers (including her boss) will be going out every night for dinner and drinks. My wife is typically a social drinker (glass of wine or a cocktail), and with no typical excuses available like, say, being the designated driver, it will be noticeable with her small group when she's the only one to decline a drink every night. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 1, 2013 - 35 answers

I don't drink. How do I answer "Why?"

I prefer not to drink alcohol and can't figure out how to tell this to people without them wanting to discuss my reasons. [more inside]
posted by LSK on Nov 14, 2013 - 90 answers

Going off alcohol for a week. Any tips?

I'm going to not drink alcohol for the next week, and I'm looking for advice on making the transition as smooth as possible. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 1, 2013 - 39 answers

1 night per month binge drinker

I know I have a problem drinking. I am a binge drinker that drinks once a month just before my period. Alcoholic Anonymous is the only answer I am getting. It has been helpful in the past, as I had 7 months of sobriety. As a binge drinker one or two nights a month, what do you think I should do, as I have found AA not the exact solution to my problems right now? Let me explain when, how, and why I drink. Please help! [more inside]
posted by Jewel98 on Apr 27, 2013 - 19 answers

Help Me Grok Al-Anon

My husband drinks too much, and I just attended my first Al-Anon meeting. I have some questions about it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 17, 2013 - 19 answers

How to help a partner in crisis?

About 6 months ago my partner told me he had stopped taking his Prozac. He was on a low 'maintenance dose' and had been feeling better. Now things have gone belly up and going back on the meds hasn't helped. He's drinking heavily and can barely function. How can I find him the help he needs and also help him myself with little money and no support network whilst looking after our young daughter? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 24, 2013 - 7 answers

My anxiety about my anxiety about your drinking

So. Either my boyfriend's drinking or my anxiety about his drinking is going to ruin our (extremely awesome, otherwise very solid) relationship. I can't tell if I'm being crazy or not. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 13, 2013 - 57 answers

I've made a huge mistake.

I drink (alcohol) too quickly during a night out, and it is becoming a problem. I need advice/tricks on how to slow down my drinking pace and not binge. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 on Feb 9, 2013 - 38 answers

Has anyone done an intervention on a friend?

And if so, please tell me how you did it? What the situation was? And what kind of resources did you use?
posted by Unred on Jan 28, 2013 - 15 answers

The morning after I have had a few drinks (something that happens rarely), I often feel better (elevated mood, better focus) than I would have if I had no drinks the previous night at all. Why does that happen?

The morning after I have had a few drinks, I often feel better (elevated mood, better focus) than I would have if I had no drinks the previous night at all. Why does that happen? [more inside]
posted by Feel the beat of the rhythm of the night on Dec 17, 2012 - 14 answers

Drinking and PMS

Does anybody else find that they consume more alcohol during PMS? More months than not, I drink a lot on what turns out to be the day right before my period starts. (I do realize that this a precarious time to drink and am going to start charting so I have a better idea of when to expect it.) I am curious a) if other women do this, and b) if anybody knows of any possible biological reason for this.
posted by mermaidcafe on Dec 11, 2012 - 14 answers

What to do with my Pineau de Charentes?

Looking for cocktail recipes featuring Pineau des Charentes. [more inside]
posted by jrb223 on Dec 10, 2012 - 8 answers

GERD/Tequila/Hiccups, Any scientific knowledge of the connection?

Does anyone have knowledge of the connection between acid reflux (GERD), belching, hiccups and heavy alcohol consumption? I would like scientific/medical theories as to what is happening and why. (further explanation included) (Dr appointment made) [more inside]
posted by StUdIoGeEk on Oct 16, 2012 - 13 answers

but I'm drunk on love!

I'm not so into drinking these days; my new boyfriend enjoys getting drunk. How do we best manage this low-level incompatibility? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 23, 2012 - 44 answers

How does adrenaline work?

Adrenaline and sobriety, how does it work? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz on Aug 13, 2012 - 5 answers

The benefits of alcohol without the alcohol?

I am increasingly finding that I dislike the (emotional) effect alcohol has on me when I have anything more than a single drink, particularly when tired. I also dislike the fact that I have almost a physical need to drink in the evenings (I think "alcoholic" would be being overly melodramatic in my case, but the need is there all the same). Is there any way to get the health benefits of alcohol without the temptation of an open bottle of wine? [more inside]
posted by teselecta on Aug 7, 2012 - 28 answers

How to safely un-quit drinking?

My partner and I have decided that we would like to learn to drink in moderation, and have already begun to see if it will work for us. But we're not trying to reduce our intake-- we've each abstained from alcohol for over five years and are starting from a place of not drinking at all. Basically, we're un-quitting drinking, and want some guidance. Is there some sort of support or literature that can help us make sure we're on the right track as we learn to have a healthy and casual relationship with alcohol? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 16, 2012 - 35 answers

soberness: it may be what I need, but it certainly ain't how I wanna be

I took a break from drinking for a month, and my appetite decreased dramatically. For the first time I can remember, I felt full from eating reasonable portions, and I no longer turned to snacking for alleviation of boredom or ennui. When I started drinking booze again, I was back to my previous habits. What happened, and why? [more inside]
posted by Jon_Evil on Apr 24, 2012 - 15 answers

"Leaving Las Vegas" or "Arthur"

Posting for a friend who wishes to remain anonymous: I am at the end of my third day of not drinking alcohol after 5-10 years (I’m not exactly sure how long it’s been) of drinking almost every day. I have some questions about withdrawal that I can't seem to find the answers to. [more inside]
posted by banishedimmortal on Apr 23, 2012 - 23 answers

How soon after taking my last Antabuse can I safely drink?

How soon after taking my last Antabuse can I safely drink? [more inside]
posted by christhelongtimelurker on Apr 1, 2012 - 11 answers

How much is too much alcohol?

I love my cocktails. Is that bad? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 27, 2012 - 25 answers

Make mine Makgeolli

When I visited my brother in Korea, I fell in love with Maekgeolli. I liked the crisper, almost tart stuff, with more carbonation. Now I'm trying to buy it in Korean markets here in LA, and while they've got a lot of it, I can't seem to navigate the varieties. [more inside]
posted by klangklangston on Jan 27, 2012 - 2 answers

I'm not an alcoholic, I'm just sneaky

I'm a secret drinker. But I'm far less into the drinking part than the secret part. How can I do this more healthily? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 1, 2012 - 39 answers

How can I train my body to tolerate alcohol better?

I'm a 23 year old Asian-American male who sucks at drinking. I dislike alcohol, and can barely finish a beer, mostly due to hating the taste as well as my body's adverse reactions. How can I train my body to tolerate alcohol better? Could someone, for example, help me design a "training regime"? [more inside]
posted by Struan on Dec 9, 2011 - 43 answers

How can I reverse the affects of alcohol on my blood vessels?

For the past two weeks I've been consuming large amounts of alcohol (mostly beer and wine, but also soju). After I first started drinking, I noticed a bump in a blood vessel in my right forearm. These bumps have now appeared along the rest of my forearm (that same vein). They feel like bruises. I'm pretty sure something is getting clogged up in there. I can stop drinking, but what can I do to get my blood flowing normally again? [more inside]
posted by jykmf on Oct 13, 2011 - 15 answers

God, I hate drinking....

Help a college student re-learn how to drink. [more inside]
posted by lobbyist on Oct 2, 2011 - 25 answers

I need medicinal booze.

Stomach/GI problems for the past two weeks, now mostly gone except for persistent heartburn. What alcoholic beverage will cause me the least pain? [more inside]
posted by devotion+doubt on Sep 30, 2011 - 16 answers

Drunk animals!

Tell me about animals that get drunk. [more inside]
posted by Bunny Ultramod on Sep 29, 2011 - 58 answers

What are the effects of drinking (or not drinking) on my emotions and seasonal affective disorder?

I'd like your advice about drinking alcohol - or abstaining from drinking - and dealing with my emotions and seasonal affective disorder. [more inside]
posted by cheapskatebay on Sep 24, 2011 - 7 answers

What does it mean to love a binge drinker?

I'm trying to understand more about binge drinking. Someone I love has a problem, but because they don't drink every day and because their friends have worse problems with drinking/drugs, they don't see it as an issue. [more inside]
posted by answergrape on Sep 9, 2011 - 11 answers

Guilt and shame about needing help overcoming feelings of guilt and shame.

How do I overcome feelings of guilt and shame about needing therapy in order to get help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 8, 2011 - 16 answers

Homemade Cointreau?

DIY Liqueur: Cointreau. I've finally run through the bottle left by a fellow MeFite. How do I make a rough approximation? I've searched around a little, and the "recipes" all involve stringing and hanging oranges. Why that technique? [more inside]
posted by klangklangston on Jun 6, 2011 - 15 answers

Considering Naltrexone

I am attempting to curb my alcoholism, and I'm wondering if taking Naltrexone might be a good aid. [more inside]
posted by chmmr on Apr 15, 2011 - 21 answers

Positive effects of being occasionally drunk

Does being drunk have any proven positive effects?
posted by fifigyuri on Apr 12, 2011 - 36 answers

I am happy. Why do I want to get drunk?

I have several good reasons to be happy for the first time in a long while. I am happy. Why do I want to get drunk now? [more inside]
posted by sister nunchaku of love and mercy on Mar 11, 2011 - 14 answers

Quitting drinking while still ahead?

Thinking about quitting drinking, but I'm nowhere near bottomed out. Are there resources for people who find it hard to quit moderate drinking? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 5, 2011 - 25 answers

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