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Budgeting For Alcohol

Discussion in 'General Substance Abuse Discussion' started by 6up, Aug 13, 2015.

  1. harold

    harold Community Champion

    I don't take alcohol but I know friends and family members who do. I have a cousin who spends 70% of his salary on alcohol. I know a friend who always begins his day with a bottle of beer and ends the day in the same way. Talking back about my cousin. The guy is a married man who hardly contributes anything to the upkeep of his household. He finds it difficult calling anyone or talking to other members of the family because his life is in shackles. His house does not have furniture in the sitting room. He is hardly at home and does not care at all. I would have loved to say that he might be escaping from marital problems, but the guy is married to a great woman which means that he, and he alone can cause problems in his marital home. This is an altitude he had before he got married. It is really unfortunate. Alcohol has drained his finances, and until today, he does not even recognize it.
  2. Tremmie

    Tremmie Community Champion

    None :) Been sober since 2012, having a drink once or twice tops per year on some really special occasions. Between you and I... I don't think my liver can handle alcohol well at all anymore, not after spending so many years living with no gallbladder. I had to make a choice... it was quitting, or keep on drinking and getting some really awful hangovers just a few hours after getting drunk... feel awful that day and the next. NO THANKS.

    I spent quite a bit cash back in the day, if only had I used it for something more useful than drinks.
  3. Rory

    Rory Active Contributor

    Less than $20 a month. I drink socially, and there is really no reason to spend more than that on booze, in my opinion? I don't really hang out with people whose go-to destination is a bar or a club. Alcohol is really expensive, and I think that if you ever find yourself in a situation where you're putting it above anything else in your budget, you have a problem. Alcohol is the lowest-priority item on your list, in my opinion.