Monday, March 19, 2012

Sigh, Wine Drinking. It’s Kind of Like a New Year’s Resolution. Even though it’s March.

[Linking up with yeahwrite!]

So, I’ve recently decided that – gasp – I want to cut back on my wine drinking, at least temporarily. For awhile, I was drinking about a glass of wine a night and getting a good buzz on and all was well. Then, as my tolerance increased, I slowly started drinking a bit more each night. A few weeks ago I realized I was easily putting away at least 3 glasses a night to get the same buzz, which is more than half a bottle. That’s when I was like:

I then decided that I’m going to cut down my drinking to only ONE glass of wine a night (with one weekend day of excessive drinking allowed). Why, you ask?

1. Money. 

I buy cheap wine. (Hi, Sutter Home. I love you.) But even so, if I drink ¾ of a bottle a night, it adds up. That means in a week, I could go through what, 5 bottles-ish? Let’s say all the wine I buy is between 5-10 bucks…with tax, it probably comes out to about $50 week on booze. That’s $200/month. Um, have you met me? That’s more than I spend on FOOD in a month. Perhaps you’ve seen me complain about apartment hunting, or my inability to afford a cat. I clearly can NOT spend that much on booze a month. 

If I cut down to one glass a night, I’m only going through 2 (well, maybe a bit more than two if you take my cheat night into account) bottles a week. Much more manageable. 

2. Calories. 


Unfortunately, wine has calories, y'all.  About 100 calories/glass (I know it varies, but let’s just go with that number). I don’t drink many other calorie filled drinks like sodas or juices, so ONE glass of wine doesn’t bother me too much.

However, if I’m drinking three glasses a night, that’s 300 calories! It’s practically another meal.  Plus there’s the whole “drunk eating” aspect you can take into account too…. (you know, the more you drink, the more likely you are to pig out).
Don't act like you guys don't do this.
3. Alcoholism

Remember my “World’s Best Girlfriend” New Year’s resolution work

Well, I don’t think the World’s Best Girlfriend is a raging alcoholic. Sure, I think Boyfriend secretly (or openly) likes it when I drink a lot and then pass out so then he can go to bed early like he wants to or try to sneak out and go home without me hearing, but still. He probably wouldn’t like it if I was always like this:

Um, yeah. I don’t become a hysterical drunk or anything, but still. Slightly less rational perhaps. 

SO. Not only am I saving calories/money by temporarily drinking less, but my goal is to get my tolerance level back down to a “lightweight” area, thus saving more calories/money to get a nice little buzz on. 

I’ve been doing it for like a week now, and was pretty proud of myself. Until I hung out with Boyfriend. 






In case you're wondering, this wasn't Boyfriend's idea or suggestion.
He's just trying to keep me honest.



Well, damnit. A fatal flaw in my plan. I feel like anything that fits in a standard wine glass is one glass. Am I wrong? Maybe don’t answer that.


82 comments:

  1. I stopped drinking because I liked to have conversations with myself when I was drunk. Fun times. Also, I never paid for my alcohol. I was a bartender, and would steal the bottles of wine from work.

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  2. I'm in the same boat, except instead of "glass of wine" substitute "gallons of whiskey". But sobriety is so boring! What's it like having self control? Good on you recognizing the need to cut back.

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  3. Maybe you could opt to drink wine by pairing it with a meal (à la Française)instead of drinking the booze on its own?

    Until then, do be careful, Gia. These things can get out of hand. --.--

    -Barb the French Bean

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  4. Holy mother of fuck I was just thinking that EXACT shit yesterday. O_O WHY YOU IN MY MIND, GIA?!?!

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  5. I need to show this to my wife. When she has a glass of wine, she fills the glass about 3/4 of the way, which is her justification of "it's just one glass."

    But in all fairness, who was the jerk who decided that half an inch of wine in a 4 inch tall glass was considered '1 glass of wine?'

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  6. I'm really bad at drunken eating. I mean, actually bad. I drunken-impulse-buy food, and then get full immediately, and have to eat all the food-I-only-want-when-drunk when I'm sober the next day.

    Maybe you should get smaller glasses? You could have shots of wine. All the fun of shots, all the wine of wine.

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  7. I drank more in the past week than in the past year, and now I have a chest infection. I'm 100% convinced that when I drink more, my immune system throws up its hands and gives up. Good luck returning to lightweight status!

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  8. You can buy glasses now that take a whole bottle. Just letting you know...........x

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  9. Hey, to be fair, if you decide it's one full wine glass but you stick to that. . . that's still better than one full wine bottle. . . right?

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  10. My husband quit drinking for one year and lost 11 lbs. Made no other dietary changes. I'm tempted by that but when I quit for a year I didn't lose 11 lbs. Men.

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  11. Good on ya for cutting back. I went through the same thing not that long ago; I realized that my after dinner drink was becoming three after dinner drinks and I wasn't getting the same buzz. In an effort not to end up having an after dinner mickey, I stopped keeping booze in the house and voila - tolerance down!

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  12. I've done this for most of the same reasons. And my one glass of wine is always about 3/4 full. I can go through an entire bottle in 3 "glasses." But I have cut back as well because of the calories mostly. I go through phases. Plus, once I open a bottle because I want just one glass, I feel I have to finish it because otherwise it will go bad if I just leave it in the fridge. So I end up drinking it all within a couple nights. Good luck!!

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  13. I cut back on the wine because of the calories, also. At one time, I had a whole case of wine delivered to the office. Probably not a one of my finer moments.

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  14. Not a big drinker, but good for you for deciding to cut back. All the reasons you mentioned are valid. Good luck. :-)

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  15. I feel for you in this! These "one servings" - whether it's wine or something else - drive me crazy. I looked up coconut the other day and the site went on about how one serving is a billion calories... so I thought that was ok... until I saw that "one serving" was just a spoonful!

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  16. Serving sizes are always so tricky. They are never enough. Why don't they just be truthful on the labels so that I don't have to do all of that math to figure out what I am truly taking in?!
    Btw, I have seen a fishbowl on a wine stem before...

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  17. I feel like a rich lady since I quit drinking. Do you have Trader Joe's where you are? People seem to like the wine there, and it's super cheap.

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  18. I'm with the USPS slogan - If it fits, it ships! One glass is one glass. The same applies to ice cream. Althought that's the lie I tell myself. Good for you for realizing you're inadvertantly drinking to much. I've been trying to do the same, just with coffee and snacks from DD and whatnot. Good luck!

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  19. I probably shouldn't mention this... but next time you're down in Vegas? Trader Joe's wine. Passable for 1.99, or definitely drinkable for 2.99 a bottle. Beats the hell outta Sutter Home.

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    1. But your intentions are good! I'd definitely go for the Girlfriend of the Year award. Girlfriend=sex. Sex beats wine any day.

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  20. I actually gained weight when I quit drinking. Probably because I wasn't throwing up as much. . .or because I was actually eating dinner instead of passing out. So...umm, yeah...there's that.

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    1. That's the opposite of what I'm going for! Damnit! Guess this means I shouldn't quit...

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  21. Replace wine with exercise or freaky sex. Burn those calories instead of drink them!

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  22. Most commercial wine (stuff you buy in the store) doesn't taste very good. Your first drawing says it all. And, as you've discovered, it's expensive. Some wine glasses are HUGE! Like 14 to 16 ounces. Which is almost half a standard bottle. The solution is to make your own. It tastes great, and works out to about $3 or $4 a bottle.

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  23. Yea Im thinking the same thing. First I started by saying I. Oukdnt get my drink on ntil after the gym but now I want to just cut it out for awhile. It makes me sad though because it's my favorite thing. Im going to try major reduction for 21 days. You should post your progress on my thursday link up :)

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  24. I don't drink, but I do have a passion for cupcakes. Two hundred a month for beverage is a lot. I can see where cutting back would make sense.

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  25. How about wine in a punch bowl? Does that count as one glass? Just wondering cuz that's how I drink it. Lifting the punch bowl is good exercise, too.

    Love,
    Janie

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  26. Has Boyfriend never watched Cougar Town? Because my understanding is that you get to drink out of a vase and it counts as one serving.

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  27. Oh yeah, I do the 'one cup' rule with coffee. Except it's a big ass cup that equals three normal cups. But when my doctor asks how many cups of coffee I drink in a day, I can honestly answer one.

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    1. My coffee consumption is out of control. Ooof. 4 mugs a day.

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  28. I've been cutting out my nightly drink(s) more often and turns out it makes for an improved mood too.

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  29. It was so nice in Ireland being a lightweight compared to everyone.... Now back in Canada and although I'm not a heavyweight, there still aren't all that many that I can't outdrink :( I miss being the cheap date!

    Also, I used to agree with you on the "if it fits in one glass, then it's just one glass". But then I learnt that you are meant to swivel red wine a little before drinking it to add air, and doing that with a full glass doesn't work.... or at least, it works, but doesn't bode well for my fancy new white shirt.

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  30. Oh the calories in wine...why would you bring that up... why?! haha

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  31. I did the same thing about 17 years ago. Except I drank three goblets a night from a box called Chillable Red. Classy, I know. I still drink out of a box, but it's a Cabernet so I'm not nearly as embarrassed by it. And I can no longer drink three goblets a night because I can't afford to be hung over because The Beast would kill me. You might consider buying a box. It could be cheaper. Or you could try the freaky sex thing. I can tell you all about the stuff my BDSM friend does.

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    1. Hahhaha....I'm a little intrigued.

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  32. I hope they don't sell glass-shaped bottles of wine out there. You'd be in trouble. :P

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  33. It's not fair or even remotely right that alcohol has calories...I'm sure it's the reason most of my diets fail

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  34. I like wine. But I like vodka more. I don't get to drink regularly but when I do....

    Well, you don't want to know!! Haha!

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  35. Bahaha! Sometimes I feel like you are my sister from another mister!! I too have gone through this painful state of awareness. The answer to all your little "challenges" is to just switch to hard liquor. A) a little goes a long way hence you spend less money and take in fewer calories. Okay, so all I had was A) there is no B) because A) was so totally awesome.

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    1. Ha! I'm drinking gin tonight. We're totes on the same page.

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  36. For whatever it's worth, I support you in cutting back. It's probably best to significantly cut back before it causes any other health problems for you.

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  37. Oh I hear you, Gia! Vodka (with grapefruit juice) is my drink of choice, and trying to limit it to two a night means it's mostly vodka in the glass, LOL I completely agree with all of the reasons for cutting back, but also agree that that is CLEARLY one glass in the last wine picture. ;o)

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  38. I think if you move to the fishbowl you should use a straw. Otherwise, you will dribble red wine down your front and thus increase your dry cleaning bill. Planning. It works. Ellen

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  39. What Ellen said!
    I was just thinking how wine has all these calories and how it isn't a good bedtime snack even though I really, really want it to be. You put all my worries and thoughts together perfectly on this page.:)

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  40. I found the best way to decrease my tolerance was to get knocked up. Suggest that to the boyfriend and I bet he won't dare to bring up the size of your glass again.

    Best of luck to you!

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  41. I didn't used to drink during the week--or that matter, during the weekends much, either. Now I lead this weird expat life--in a "dry" country, no less--and find myself drinking socially a LOT. To the point where a few weeks ago I noticed myself really looking forward to that lil' glass o'vino...looking a little too much forward. Booze-hounding is in my blood, so that thought sticking up made me nervous...finished that last bottle & haven't replaced it. Aiming for just the occasional glass. But it's getting warmer here & the sunsets lately just scream out for gin & tonics.... hmmmmm

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  42. It is for that exact reason I am NOT allowed to pour my own wine at night. My pours are WAY bigger than my husbands.

    I call bullshit.

    ~The G is Silent

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  43. I agree with you - if it fits in the wine glass, then it's a glass of wine BY DEFINITION! If we were supposed to have less in a serving, we'd drink wine out of a shot glass. And that would just be stupid.
    I'm glad I finally got to your blog via Yeah Write, after hearing about how funny you are for so long! I'm following now (better late than never, eh - I never claimed to be on the cutting edge of cool).

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  44. This is amazing. You are hysterical. Yay for Yeah Write!

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  45. I drink so rarely these days than about a half glass does it for me. Now THAT is a cheap date! Stopping by from Yeah Write :)

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  46. hysterical.
    this reminds me of the Oprah show i dragged my now husband to- the chick from Growing Pains (the older sister) was on there talking about her DUI from one glass of wine. ;)

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  47. What ever happened to YE OLDE GIANT GOBLET? :)

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  48. Yes,clearly you just need a bigger glass.

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  49. i vote for a bigger glass...or just drink out of the bottle. Also I too would be adding up the $$ I spend on booze and be thinking about all the other things I could spend that $ on!

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  50. Bahaha! Are you talking to the cheese? I went through a period where I was drinking 3-4 beers a night and eating bread and butter by the loaf. Holy poundage I got fat. And yes, yes to the bigger glass!

    Oh! Have you tried Lucky Duck wine? It's only $3 from Wal-Mart and it actually tastes good!

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  51. OMG!! I am dying! We just joined a 'wine club' and got all these great fancy wines for super cheap and I SWORE I was going to pace myself because I can't afford the actual wine club prices.
    Maybe I shouldn't drink from a fish bowl either :(

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  52. Love this! I too gave up drinking to save calories (not really the money part, but you know, it's a plus). Then the other night I made up for lost time with a half gallon of pre-mixed margaritas at $27 a bottle. So, yeah. Love the drunk munchies picture too!

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  53. Ha, in mexico, alcohol means ending up in the taco stand. So, you have a Burrito place, right? That counts -- I approve.

    www.mamaandthecity.com

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  54. yes. if it fits in the glass, it's one glass. I'd go pimp cup.

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  55. Oh, God...this could be me. I'm such a wino. I can't help it. I LOVE WINE. Good for you for trying to cut back though.

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  56. I used to drink lots of wine, hard liquor and other stuff. Those were my wild years. Now I pay for it dearly, it seems like my kids are especially bad the next day...

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  57. Hahahaha!!! Good luck with your plan :)

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  58. You totally lost me at "I want to cut back on my wine drinking" but then I came back around at the thought of using a fishbowl. That's a plan I can get behind and support fully. Ha!

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  59. The pictures totally slay me, especially the cheese. Also? I'm with you on "whatever fits in one glass." Seems perfectly reasonable to me.

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  60. Change the wine to Miller Lite and you have exemplified MY life, too. Great post!

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  61. The calories in drunk munchies don't count. I am surprised you didn't know that. Love the cheese.

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  62. Oh yeah. Been there and will probably be back. :-)

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  63. oh, i'm all for a fishbowl. cracking me up here. good luck!

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  64. The best comedy works because it's the truth and relatable. That's what you have here and I love it. I no longer drink. I don't know what happened. One day I tried to drink as usual, and I just couldn't get it down. Maybe it was the novena to St. Maximilian Kolbe. Maybe I was just sick of being swollen. In any case, yeah, I get it. Good luck. ;)

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  65. For many months I was on the wagon to lose some calories. I knew I couldn't even cut down to "just a sip" because I love to eat with a glass. A full glass! It worked though, and now I save the glass (or two) of wine for special occasions.

    I can completely relate to the completely filling of the glass - ahem - fishbowl. Great pics this time around. I mean, they always are. But I'm loving the variety at the top. :)

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  66. Hilarious! Great drawings! I too cut back on the drinking. Well, truth be told, I didn't cut back I had to cut it out, cause fishbowl or not, I couldn't stop at just one. But I'm happy to say it's actually been great. And I can even remember where I was last night.

    I'm your newest cheerleader!

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  67. I suggest you switch to liquor; it's a better buzz and much more cost-effective. Email or DM me on twitter if you want hard-core suggestions. Another great post!

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  68. You are NOT wrong! One glass of wine is a FULL glass! That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

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  69. LMAO - you should get one of those giant novelty wine glasses that will hold about three bottles of wine. Of course that would defeat the purpose, but I like to look at the tree, not the forest.

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  70. I don't know if you've ever watched 'Cougar Town' but the end of your post totally reminded me of that show. They drink wine like crazy and she has one 'glass' that is basically a vase. Too funny!

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  71. I recently cut back myself--more for weight loss than anything else. And believe me when I say, on Saturday nights when I allow myself to indulge, I'm not using a fishbowl, honey. I'm using a mixing bowl. With a straw.

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  72. Love your adorable drawings!

    Love a glass or 3 of cab or merlot with dinner. :) I'm more a perpetually dieting foodaholic (an unfortunate combination) and don't really worry about becoming an alcoholic...but damn those wine calories! Have to watch that. :(

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  73. i've been drinking quite a bit myself these two weeks. not so much food, but drinks yes.
    should mind the blind calories and temporary memory loss.
    :p

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  74. I've had to stage an intervention with myself a few times within the past two years. (Motherhood makes me want to drink far more than college ever did.) My cut-off has always been two glasses of wine, but two glasses (two large glasses, at that) every night for 4-5 nights straight was starting to take its toll. I just didn't feel well - sluggish and headachey. Probably because I was drinking wine at a time when I used to go to the gym.

    So, now I only indulge a couple of times a week. Usually only one moderate-sized glass, but occasionally still two. Overall, I'm happy with that intake and don't feel like a raging alcoholic.

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