There’s often talk about fermented beverages on this forum. I’m interested in how people manage alcohol in their tri-focused lives. I guess some of fastest and most focussed people don’t drink alcohol at all. I have a lot of respect for that & often wish I didn’t drink.
Personally I probably drink (a little) too much and have done since growing up in the Channel Islands. With low tax and many people “of lesiure”, alcohol was a big part of social life in the Channel Islands, and still is from what I can see. So drinking often was normal for me. Straight to university in 90s, where the culture was of cheep beer in the student union. Then onto quite a stressful job where an alcoholic drink or two felt like a good way to unwind at the end of the day. So as an adult, it has always been a normal part of my life.
These days I will almost always have a beer after work. I like strong stuff 5%+ and quite like larger volumes, 440 or 500mls or maybe even 660mls. At the weekends I might have 2 in the evening. On the other hand, I want to be healthy and fit and know that alcohol isn’t helpful here. Strategies I have put in place to limit the damage: I don’t drink wine or spirits. I try not to crack open a 3rd beer too often, or at least visualise my pain the following morning before doing so.
At 7kcal / g I understand alcohol is far more calorie dense than sugar (4 kcal/g) and is closer to fat (9 kcal /g). I’m not really overweight but these are empty calories, could definitely be getting better nutrition elsewhere. And the dehydration- if I drink just a little too much, the next morning I really regret it.
It’s complex, but:
- Tri training gets thirsty
- I like the taste
- I can be a little socially shy & feel more relaxed after a beer
- When stressed I find it relaxing
- When relaxing I find it makes me more relaxed
Have stopped drinking alcohol for up to 1 month at a time over the years, but I enjoy it and tend to go back to it.