General Discussion: Alcohol

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toin avatar

1779 posts since 1/4/13

11 Jan 2019 22:43
Alcohol isn't a relaxant, nor is it something a lot of athletes drink. It's a depressant and athletes drink non-alcoholic beer due to its high concentration of polyphenol.
smith avatar

10916 posts since 5/5/04

11 Jan 2019 23:53
I did read that once.
joeyjojo avatar

4255 posts since 24/8/06

12 Jan 2019 08:17
Sticking out tongue Athletes drink a lot Laughing out loud
16simon avatar

500 posts since 21/4/11

12 Jan 2019 16:16
swede wrote: I thought you were chatting shit when I read this, but haven't had anything other than alcohol free beer since NYE and can genuinely say that if the beer is ICE cold it can adequately quench the mid-week beer-thirst… I haven't been to a pub yet, but woke up on the 1st of jan after a heavy December feeling terrible so thought I'd give dry jan a go. as sad as it is, probably the longest I haven't had a drink for in over a decade Shocked

I'm liking the non-alcoholic budweiser and the brewdog nanny state beers. bavaria and becks blue do not taste good at all

Good for you mate, it's the same for me, about quenching the mid-week at home beer-thirst and pointless hangover. I still enjoy going out for a drink and don't mind suffering a bit (or a lot) the next day when it's worth it, haha.
MLI avatar

5173 posts since 6/10/09

12 Jan 2019 23:05
joeyjojo wrote: Sticking out tongue Athletes drink a lot Laughing out loud

They do in Australia, try seeing how much an Australian Rugby team can drink. Ever heard of Boonie? He played when Australia used to win everything. Downed 53 cans of VB on the flight to London for the ashes in the '80s.

Alchohol slows down and relaxes everything. People drink it to relax duh.

"depressent" is just a trend word where apparantly everyone is clinically depressed if their shoelace comes untied now
figurine avatar

5886 posts since 14/5/07

12 Jan 2019 23:12
It's a depressant of the nervous system, nothing to do with mental health.
Burt avatar

5941 posts since 3/1/10

5 Feb 2019 22:40
Glen Moray Peated Single Malt is a right touch for 18 quid at Morrison's at the moment.
TheConductor avatar

4224 posts since 17/11/09

6 Feb 2019 13:18
figurine wrote: It's a depressant of the nervous system, nothing to do with mental health.
swede avatar

8722 posts since 21/3/09

6 Feb 2019 15:05
i think figurine was taking the piss
yellowpages avatar

2119 posts since 11/6/10

6 Feb 2019 15:16
Did 100 days off booze before Christmas, partially to help me focus during my final year of uni. Back off it again now since 12th Jan, and will prob do over 100 days this time unless I end up drinking during the easter break before exams.

Really couldn't recommend doing that sort of shift highly enough if like me you were finding that boozing is becoming a bit pointless. I never really drank much midweek (if at all) but was still getting fed up with being hungover at weekends, making poor decisions whilst steaming, and the resulting productivity + bank balance hits; it felt like it was just an accepted part of life that drinking is part of the cathartic process at the end of the week, but it was getting in the way of spending my time doing more memorable stuff that I'll look back fondly. Since taking a long break it feels like my relationship with alcohol has changed a bit. Never had a problem but was prone to binging at weekends, however during the off period I never really missed it aside from a rare craving for something like a really good cocktail, but I never thought 'I want to get proper steaming'. Since returning, more often than not when someone asks if I want to get a drink I weigh up the process a bit more mindfully: Is this how I want to spend my money? Can I be fucked with a hangover tomorrow? Will I get any of my obligations done in the coming day? Most times I opt out.

Of course in the UK drinking has an important role socially etc, but if you've ever thought for a while that you could do with a chunk off it then, from my experience, you'd be daft not to. All you have to do is get accustomed to turning down drinking opportunities then it's fairly easy. In future I might reduce the length of time off drink; as I say it's never been a problem and the main aim of this was to focus on uni and exercise some control over drinking habits and in that sense I've been successful. Probably the most positive/productive change I've made in my life since going back to uni.