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View Poll Results: How would you describe your drinking habit?
I don't drink. Period. 12 8.63%
I may have one if the occasion is right. 29 20.86%
I'm a moderate drinker (wine at meal, beer on deck etc.) 74 53.24%
I'm at a party chugging whenever I can! 16 11.51%
I can't remember when I didn't have a drink. 8 5.76%
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Old 10-03-2014, 01:08   #16
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Re: Do sailors drink too much?

Yes..
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Old 10-03-2014, 04:01   #17
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Re: Do sailors drink too much?

That is a loaded question. What constitutes to much for some is not near enough for others. An example is the Admiral can drink far more then me and is up and adam first thing. I on the other hand can barely move for a couple of days after trying to keep up.
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Re: Do sailors drink too much?

Love a bier. Low alcohol variety just as as a liquid when available. Occasional stronger one after a successful day! And let us not forget those two glasses of vine to the dinner. There is always something to keep an eye on the boat so no hard liquor for me when sailing.
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Old 10-03-2014, 05:47   #19
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Re: Do sailors drink too much?

As I tell my doctors..."not a lot...just regularly...."
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Re: Do sailors drink too much?

I quit drinking solvents some years ago. Things got better
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Old 10-03-2014, 06:07   #21
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Old 10-03-2014, 06:22   #22
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Re: Do sailors drink too much?

When I was younger, I drank quite a bit. These days a bottle of booze stored in a cabinet can last a year or so.

How long does it take for a guy's abused liver to heal itself?
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Re: Do sailors drink too much?

I quit back in the mid 90's...do not mind people drinking though. I even keep some rum and beer on board for friends that imbide.

I have noted that most people on the dock where Thirty Six Seas is kept drink a few beers while gathered. A couple are heavy drinkers. There are also a few that do not drink at all as well.

What someone else does is their business as long as it does not impact anyone else...
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Re: Do sailors drink too much?

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I quit drinking solvents some years ago. Things got better
Sorry things were bad when you were...many of us have ups and downs in life whether there's booze in us or not.
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Re: Do sailors drink too much?

This is what the government thinks is too much:

CDC - Binge Drinking | Vital Signs

The average U.S. adult drinks three to four alcoholic beverages per week. Most people with a problem don't think they have a problem.
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This is what the government thinks is too much:

CDC - Binge Drinking | Vital Signs

The average U.S. adult drinks three to four alcoholic beverages per week. Most people with a problem don't think they have a problem.
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  • Age group that binge drinks most often: 65+ years
  • Most people who binge drink are not alcohol dependent or alcoholics.
  • Binge drinking means men drinking 5 or more alcoholic drinks within a short period of time or women drinking 4 or more drinks within a short period of time.
The main link:

CDC - Alcohol Screening and Counseling | Vital Signs
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According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, moderate alcohol consumption is defined as having up to 1 drink per day for women and up to 2 drinks per day for men.

For men, heavy drinking is typically defined as consuming an average of more than 2 drinks per day, or more than 14 drinks per week. For women, heavy drinking is typically defined as consuming an average of more than 1 drink per day, or more than 7 drinks per week.
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What do you mean by heavy drinking?

For men, heavy drinking is typically defined as consuming an average of more than 2 drinks per day, or more than 14 drinks per week. For women, heavy drinking is typically defined as consuming an average of more than 1 drink per day, or more than 7 drinks per week.
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Re: Do sailors drink too much?

Sailing has cut into my recreational drinking because I do not wish to operate a vessel under the influence, and I consider "anchor watch" to be "operating".

Tied off at the dock, I will have wine with dinner, but only after the propane's off. My watchwords aboard are "moderation veering toward skipping it entirely". On very hot sailing days, I will allow myself a single tin of cider or lager at the helm, but really, I'm too paranoid to do on a 4.5 or 16 tonne boat (I have two) what I wouldn't do in a car.

Friends in the tropics have said that certain islands have cruisers on the hook whose social life consists of boozing, sometimes to excess. That would depress me, frankly, and would be an incentive to keep moving...but then I find a lot of cruisers don't seem to cruise so much as find a tropical bay to their liking and then just hang out for weeks or months. To each her own.

That said, on land on Friday nights, I usually have three tins of beer or cider over four or five hours of jamming in a basement band. More than that and the playing suffers! And a decent rum is never amiss, but only when I'm required to operate trousers and not to silence tinking halyards during a half-gale on a slick deck at 2:30 AM (this happened once after some social frivolity, which helped to convince me I should be a light drinker if at all when aboard in any form).
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Re: Do sailors drink too much?

Do I drink to much, I don't think so. I drink the right amount when I drink.
How can you tell if someone is a reformed drinker....don't worry they will tell you.

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