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Old 12-01-2012, 04:48 AM   #1
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So I get a call from the preadmission nurse regarding a procedure I have scheduled next month. One of the questions is "do you use alcohol and if so how much?" My answer is of course yes and I drink about 6 to 8 beers a week. There is a perceived gasp or at least a "hmmmm" on the other end followed by a series of questions about my drinking history. One of the questions is "Have you ever worried or felt that you drink too much or you should cut back on your alchohol consumption?" Eventually I start asking questions in reply or possibly in defense and she says that the real concern is whether I might start experiencing withdrawal before I am released from the hospital.
So are there any 6 pack a week alcholics out there?
It all just seems a little overboard to me but I could be living in la la land. I don't know. Any thoughts from my drinking colleagues?

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Old 12-01-2012, 04:52 AM   #2
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Ive been in the same position before. If you say one beer a night with dinner it sounds better.

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Old 12-01-2012, 05:12 AM   #3
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Yeah I suppose. But the truth is some days I'll have 2 or 3 and some days I'll have none.

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You dont have anything to worry about.

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Old 12-01-2012, 05:24 AM   #5
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I had a similar thing happen to me with a physical where I did my internship.

"Have you ever smoked?"

"Yes."

"Hmmm we're going to have to do more tests. How many cigarettes do you smoke a day?"

"A day? I have probably smoked 20 in my life."

"So you've just started smoking?"

:facepalm: "No. I mean I smoke very very rarely. Like one every 3 months."

"So you're trying to quit but are having difficulties with your addiction?"

"What?"

10 beers a week is about the max of what I drink. But it's usually 2 or 3 during the week and the rest over the weekend. My SWMBO actually drinks more of my homebrew than I do...

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This why I don't bother telling the truth in most cases, or at the very least sugar coat it.

Do I smoke? No. I do smoke cigars occasionally, but it's not worth saying yes to.

Do I drink? A couple times a week. And I'm sure if you averaged it out over a month or year that's true. Sometimes I'll have a beer a night for a week, other times I won't drink for several weeks straight.

But it seems every time you answer "yes" to such questions, it's assumed you have a "problem".

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... "do you use alcohol and if so how much?" ...
There is the problem. I do not use alcohol. I drink beer but I do not use alcohol
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I tell them I make it 5 gallons at a time. They tell me not to drink it all at once.

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The answers on this thread are exactly why they asked more questions - nearly everyone lies so they assume you do as well. If many of us have 3 beers 3-5 days a week but report just one beer with dinner - they assume you're reporting lower than actual as well. I've had the same conversation because i tell how much I actually drink.

I assume a good number of people on this forum land in the clinical category of alcoholism - as have a huge portion of humans ever since we figured out how to control fermentation and made booze readily available. If you're not missing work, f**king up your life or otherwise damaging yourself with beer - then don't worry about it.

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I don't really see the problem with a beer a day. It's not like I need to have it. I haven't had a beer all week then had 2 last night. I usually skip a few days now and then. IMHO if you find yourself skipping a meal and drinking a six pack instead more than a couple nights a week, then there might be a problem.

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