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Old 09-13-2010, 07:07 PM   #1
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Default Jumpin' on the wagon could be a good thing.

Over the weekend I put a lot of thought behind my decision to hold off on drinking for a while. I am 24 and have been drinking steadily since I was 19. I have at one point slowed down my drinking to maybe the weekends.

Now that I am 24 and I already am having some type of back problems from manual labor and sleeping problems (alpha intrusion). I decided I am to young for any of this. I am not blaming it on the drinking but the drinking definetly has to do with he fact that I am 5'6 and weigh 183 pounds. I can loose a few pounds to level off my bmi.

So I decided time to start working out again cut the drinking down to celebration. I have a serenade and a wedding in the next month.

Now onto home brewing. I will still home brew mainly due to the fact that I can build up an extensive amount of different beers. In perfect time for halloween, thanksgiving, christmas and new years! As my drinking comes to a hault my home brew will continue to flourish. When the time comes I will have a large variety of beers to drink. I might still have to do the regular tasting after two weeks in the bottle but that wont hurt.
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Old 09-13-2010, 07:09 PM   #2
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Best of luck. I know I wouldn't be able to keep brewing and stop drinking. You are a better person than me I guess.
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That is the beauty of home brewing, quality control
Keep telling yourself it is quality control, sometimes it takes 2 or 6 beers to determine the quality.
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Supplement your brewing desires with gifts to friends. With the holidays coming up they will enjoy your labors & you will enjoy the brewing. Win/Win IMO!!!
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Over the weekend I put a lot of thought behind my decision to hold off on drinking for a while. I am 24 and have been drinking steadily since I was 19. I have at one point slowed down my drinking to maybe the weekends.

Now that I am 24 and I already am having some type of back problems from manual labor and sleeping problems (alpha intrusion). I decided I am to young for any of this. I am not blaming it on the drinking but the drinking definetly has to do with he fact that I am 5'6 and weigh 183 pounds. I can loose a few pounds to level off my bmi.

So I decided time to start working out again cut the drinking down to celebration. I have a serenade and a wedding in the next month.

Now onto home brewing. I will still home brew mainly due to the fact that I can build up an extensive amount of different beers. In perfect time for halloween, thanksgiving, christmas and new years! As my drinking comes to a hault my home brew will continue to flourish. When the time comes I will have a large variety of beers to drink. I might still have to do the regular tasting after two weeks in the bottle but that wont hurt.
Good Luck! I've slowed my drinking a lot as well. I'm getting fat! Brewing won't slow though, I've had a lot of fun sharing the beers and demand is up, so thats a fun feeling.

I joined a gym as well, but all I've noticed is that when I get home, I really want to annihilate a bag of chips and a sixxer. Holding off from doing that is harder than the workout at the gym!
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haha I am hoping I can hold off for a little while . SWMBO still wont believe me until I got a whole week without drinking and a whole two weeks without getting drunk.
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I am thinking of doing the same thing. I go to JMU and visited my VA Tech friends for the game last weekend. (haha) After drinking Friday night and before the game I just felt so awful I didn't drink on Sat night. We went to a party that was the biggest ****show I have ever seen and it was only 11PM. There was non-stop drama, a near-fight, and then the rent-a-cops got involved. I still had a good time but it was the first time I've gone to that type of party sober, and I actually felt great. I felt like everyone there was just a trainwreck. When some wasted guy made fun of me, I just laughed it off since this guy was such a fool, rather than get in a real confrontation like I probably would have done if I'd been drinking.

Anyways, long story short, I felt way more together and with it. That's another reason to ease up.
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couldn't agree more. I must say I'm 24 and my party days are coming to an end...
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I've always been a skinny guy, but now in my late 20's I really feel the effects health wise of drinking. I miss my lacrosse days when i could run without a problem. Not anymore. age, and life get in the way. I have lost all desire to "do it up" anymore. Hell I can't stand a packed bar with dribbling idiots. those days have pasted, i enjoyed them while i did. Plus I pay for it the next day. My wifes cousin is slowly starting to relize the effects of his age on his nights out.

Rex - JMU alum here (05' 06'MAT) Saturday was like Christmas....how's the burg these days? I was never impressed with many of the Tech parties I went to. Too many guys attend the school which throws off the ratio and craps happens so much easier. JMU was better cause the beer was always free.
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Rex - JMU alum here (05' 06'MAT) Saturday was like Christmas....how's the burg these days? I was never impressed with many of the Tech parties I went to. Too many guys attend the school which throws off the ratio and craps happens so much easier. JMU was better cause the beer was always free.
Well there was a riot last year during the spring block parties, was national news and now the cops are cracking down a lot more. I don't care because I'm over 21 and not an idiot, though. Here's a funny video:


Hopefully there will be a Harrisonburg brew club soon (Sorry Stillstoked!)

Tech parties have been fun but between my two friends who go there, they've had an xbox, ipod, and digital camera stolen during their parties.
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