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Old 02-23-2020, 08:13 AM
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Don't really know what this post is going to be, sorry if it's a bit weird. I have decided to make a serious commitment to kicking out alcohol after years/decades of heavy drinking. I don't think I've ever been out on a boat without a beer in my hand, especially once on the hook for the night. Boating and a cooler full of cold beer has always gone together in my mind. I predict the hardest part of doing this will be using my boat, especially on overnight trips, and staying sober. Especially while friends are cracking open beers, etc. Has anyone had the same problem and made the transition to a non drinker and still enjoyed the lifestyle?
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Heineken 00
its non alcoholic beer and itís not that bad. Itís great with boiled seafood.

im the official designated driver. Friends, family love it. They all get toasted and I get to watch them get home safe.
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Yep.
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So you're not sober and driving a boat?
Old 02-23-2020, 08:19 AM
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So you're not sober and driving a boat?

that surprise you? Every third boat on the water is carrying a case of beer On the weekend......
Old 02-23-2020, 08:24 AM
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im sure its doable... i didnt drink for years due to some medical issues (age 23-29) now i drink but not like black out drunk. You can do whatever you put your mind to.

i make an active effort to not drink while i am going to be operating, i also drink a ton of water regardless. but more if i drink every 1 beer i have like 2 bottles of water
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I love my cocktails as much as any one, but NEVER do I drink when on the boat. Don't care if we are overnighting or just going for a cruise. I have a healthy respect for the ocean and what she can do. I want all my wits if something goes sideways. I don't tell my buddies not to drink while out but we are all pretty much of the same mindset. Now when we get back on land...its party time!
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Good for you realizing you have a problem and confronting it.
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I have not been in your shoes, but I cut wayyyy back on drinking soda. Dr Pepper was my choice. Now, I have maybe 1 a week.
I started buying the flavored seltzer waters in a can. No sugar etc..

I also realized that doing this I cut way back on drinking beer while at home and on the boat.

Perhaps drinking cans of seltzer while on the water will help you out..
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Originally Posted by 6spdg37s View Post
im sure its doable... i didnt drink for years due to some medical issues (age 23-29) now i drink but not like black out drunk. You can do whatever you put your mind to.

i make an active effort to not drink while i am going to be operating, i also drink a ton of water regardless. but more if i drink every 1 beer i have like 2 bottles of water
Fact - drinking water has zero impact on how drunk the beer you drank makes you. Zero. The only effect of drinking water is to not have you drink a beer, which allows your liver to process the alcohol during the period when you are drinking water. Your liver can process 12 oz of 5% beer per hour, regardless of how much water your drink.

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Don't really know what this post is going to be, sorry if it's a bit weird. I have decided to make a serious commitment to kicking out alcohol after years/decades of heavy drinking. I don't think I've ever been out on a boat without a beer in my hand, especially once on the hook for the night. Boating and a cooler full of cold beer has always gone together in my mind. I predict the hardest part of doing this will be using my boat, especially on overnight trips, and staying sober. Especially while friends are cracking open beers, etc. Has anyone had the same problem and made the transition to a non drinker and still enjoyed the lifestyle?
do everyone else a favor and sell the boat if you cant boat sober.
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Good on you, OP! I quit 15 years ago, but always boated with beer back then - just seemed natural! Switching to a NA beer you like so you can still enjoy a beer is a good idea.

After a while this will seem normal to you as well. Good luck!

When I took my boat from RI to FL for the winter and back, I remember my crews cracking beers first thing in the morning. I would not have a beer until we were tied up at the end of the day, but sure remember a couple times the crew were pretty useless for tieing up or washing down the boat! Good times.
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Donít bring any beer with you to begin with. If you do, only bring two. Itís easier to switch to water when there isnít any beer left to drink.

Keep yourself busy when on the water. Clean your windshield, check the oil. Eat a sandwich. Drink a Gatorade when at the sandbar socializing.

You donít have to cut all alcohol out. I enjoy a brew or two when at anchor for a couple hours. Just donít go crazy, and donít enable yourself to do so.
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There are some good options and pretty good tasting non alcoholic beers these days, pick up some of those.
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Many people drink to get high, buzzed or drunk. Some people drink at mealtime because a particular dish goes better with beer or wine. Some people drink at social events to fit in or to be more comfortable in a social situation.

I've done all the above. I was a professional soldier in the 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s. Excessive drinking was part of the culture. I've driven when I was way too drunk and was lucky enough not to have ever had an accident. I married in the late 70s and that changed my habits and made me look back at myself. I realized that every time I had behaved badly and later regretted it I was under the influence.

Now I drink moderately at mealtimes. If I have a social drink it is a very rare occasion and I limit myself to one drink, usually a beer. If I look back in time to try guessing at the amount of money I've spent on booze it makes me wonder where my brain was at that time. Ask yourself why you drink.

Being married to a fine woman and surviving for almost 80 years plus the high cost of drinking to my wallet and health is a big help.

Give it a try and good luck.
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Originally Posted by mystery View Post
do everyone else a favor and sell the boat if you cant boat sober.
There's the support the OP is looking for.🥴
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OP you can do this. It will take a lot of determination.
I don't drink while on the boat. As stated above, things can go sideways quickly on the water.
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You can do it.

The comment about selling your boat if you can't use it sober is asinine and uncalled for.

Take a joint on the boat to burn once anchored for the night.
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There's the support the OP is looking for.🥴
Nice.
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40 years on the water and never had alcohol on my boat.

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