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Old 08-29-2009, 01:56 PM   #61
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You forgot Listerine. SO much better than wine, and leaves you with that minty fresh flavor.

We're boozers, I guess. We're like the Gumby family - at least 2 and sometimes 3 dinners a week we split part or all of a bottle of wine. We linger an hour or two at the table or on the patio just chatting - very pleasant. Rarely drink whiskey but when I do I really enjoy a decent bourbon on the rocks.

As an aside, for healthy souls an average of 2 glasses of wine a day for men, or 1 glass a day for women, seems to improve cardiovascular risk at no significant risk. Probably can go even a little higher with minimal risk. Start imbibing much more than that regularly, and some health risks increase proportionately.

It's a great quality of life expense item for us. Along with good food. Cost: maybe $200 per month, not counting when we eat out.
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About 4 bottles/month red wine @ $30 = $120
Whoa! You're going for the high dollar stuff. What are you buying - Chianti Reserve from Italy?!?

We find a lot of good red at $10-12. $18 for us is a splurge. More than that - it had better be really good.

Of course there are a lot of folks on this forum who think our "normal" $10-$12 red wine is way overpriced.

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Whoa! You're going for the high dollar stuff. What are you buying - Chianti Reserve from Italy?!?

We find a lot of good red at $10-12. $18 for us is a splurge. More than that - it had better be really good.
We do a fair amount of wine tasting when we go out in the countryside, and often wind up picking up a couple of bottles here and there. Our usual sweet spot is in the $12-15 range, but sometimes we can find pretty good sipping wine for $8-10 and we'll occasionally go up to $18-20 for sufficiently "good stuff."

While my palate can discern between "good" wine and crap wine, it's not developed enough to justify the difference between "good" $15 wine and "really good" $30 wine.
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Let's see...in past life, LH and I were major party animals. We would go out at least 2x per week after w*rk, have a few cold ones and pick up a pizza. We attended a lot of BYOB parties and always had beer in the house. I cringe to think about how much that cost us.
dh2b doesn't like to party for the sake of partying, which is OK by me. I'm saving some of my liver for old age after years of near destruction.
These days, I stick with NA beer (only 56 calories per 12 oz) if I have the urge for a nice cold one.
I buy him a regular bottle of Bailey's $20 for Christmas. We will have blender rum drinks for New Years' and split a bottle of
$10 NYS fine wine here and there. I go through maybe a case of beer, $15 approx, every 2 months.

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You forgot Listerine. SO much better than wine, and leaves you with that minty fresh flavor.

We're boozers, I guess. We're like the Gumby family - at least 2 and sometimes 3 dinners a week we split part or all of a bottle of wine. We linger an hour or two at the table or on the patio just chatting - very pleasant. Rarely drink whiskey but when I do I really enjoy a decent bourbon on the rocks.

As an aside, for healthy souls an average of 2 glasses of wine a day for men, or 1 glass a day for women, seems to improve cardiovascular risk at no significant risk. Probably can go even a little higher with minimal risk. Start imbibing much more than that regularly, and some health risks increase proportionately.

It's a great quality of life expense item for us. Along with good food. Cost: maybe $200 per month, not counting when we eat out.
I've read that health-wise, at least for women, its a toss-up...even moderate drinking (1 glass of wine/day) seems to increase risk of some types of cancer but lowers risk of cardiovascular disease.

My take is, if you enjoy it, by all means imbibe...moderately. If you don't, no need to start for the cardiovascular benefits...other ways to get that as well (exercise, good overall diet, etc).
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I've read that health-wise, at least for women, its a toss-up...even moderate drinking (1 glass of wine/day) seems to increase risk of some types of cancer but lowers risk of cardiovascular disease.

My take is, if you enjoy it, by all means imbibe...moderately. If you don't, no need to start for the cardiovascular benefits...other ways to get that as well (exercise, good overall diet, etc).
Rich is a doctor... But I suppose opinions can vary. However for me, I'll toast to the advice from Rich.
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Rich is a doctor... But I suppose opinions can vary. However for me, I'll toast to the advice from Rich.
Ah...ha, ha...in that case, bottoms up!
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Our three year average is $99.38 per month.

I would have sworn it was higher.

I guess that means I need to start drinking more.
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Severe allergy to most alcohol here, but I manage to maybe steal one beer from my son a month. Big whoops!
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Interesting thread, now I feel like a total boozer!!

Beer (4 6pk/mo: $30)
Wine (4 bot.mo: $30)
Happy Hours/"networking events": (3/mo: $90)

DBF usually pays for the keg in the kegerator, and we don't usually consume all of the beer at once (there are probably 30+ cans/bottles of beer in the fridge (but it will stay there until the next party (Bud & something else gross!) Wine goes with food and friends! As long as I choose to keep it in the budget and it does not affect my savings rate, it's all good!
You boozer, you! I've always wanted a kegerator! Bud will stay in our house until it is thrown away--seems like someone always leaves some of it here after a party. I have a 12-pack of Fat Tire that I've hidden in the bedroom so we won't drink it all at once. Only get two cold at a time.

We're heading to the Savannah CraftBrew Festival the first weekend of September and I'm looking forward to all the sampling. We're taking a cab to the waterfront and catching the free river ferry across for the all you can taste extravaganza! I hope I earn my hangover!

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I never drink alcohol at home or when I eat. I do however go out to clubs and bars occasionally to listen to dj's. My drink of choice is vodka. Absolut to be specific. I get it mixed with cranberry, lemonade, or Red Bull. I spend about $30 per trip. Maybe 10 times a year for a total of $300/yr or ~$25/mo.
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Until recently, I'd do about 3 - 6 packs of Bud Light a week or about $72 per month. DW might spend another $10 per month when out with her friends. I heard yesterday that Illinois is adding a huge excise tax with sales tax on top of that. So I quit drinking except for when we are dining out. This should cut my monthly beer bill down to about $24
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However for me, I'll toast to the advice from Rich.
Though Canine is right, too. The numbers I cited were for healthy average risk folks. For example, if you have significant breast cancer risk factors, I'd keep it to 1 oz per day or less.
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Probably $100/month on wine. No beer because of the gluten in it.
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Though Canine is right, too. The numbers I cited were for healthy average risk folks. For example, if you have significant breast cancer risk factors, I'd keep it to 1 oz per day or less.
Hmm...thanks Rich, that's good to know. Thankfully no risk factors for me, but I still have 'em checked on a regular basis.
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$80 here vodka, peperment schnaps, ldl whiskey, shiraz and beer
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I drank a lot more when I lived in Houston, too. Nothing to do with entertaining, just trying to remain sane...
I drink a lot just thinking about how close I came to moving to Houston...even now within less than 100 miles still makes me drink every now and then...
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I like Houston. Traffic sucks but otherwise not bad. This thread got me in the mood for a Sam Adams.
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I buy a couple of boxes of wine a year and a bottle or champagne.

For 2008, I spent $34.00 and for 2009, I just bought the same 3 items. I think it came to $24 this time. Should last me until next year.
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