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Yes, I know all about transfer addiction. I know about watching the sugar content. I know that MOST docs suggest NOT drinking while in the losing phase (if ever). I know we shouldn't have carbonated drinks. I know we have to watch with how quick drinks hit us. I know we should try a drink at home before trying one outside of the home. Etc, etc, etc. I get it!

But for those of us/you who HAVE had a drink or drink on occasion, what is your go to?

Since surgery I have missed out on several parties, anniversaries (including my own), birthdays (including my own), holidays and even a wedding. I knew it was too soon to Celebrate any of those things due to where I was in my food stage, mostly. The alcohol I could avoid if I have to. But now I am on regular foods and 7 weeks out and soon I will be having a family reunion with several family members I may not see again for years, if at all ever (as they live across the country). Anyway, I would like to have a drink or two with them during their visit.

BEFORE surgery I would drink occasionally. Maybe once or twice a month on weekends, around a fire or dinner out. My drink of choice before surgery was the Bud Light Out Of Office seltzer drinks. But I DO NOT see them as a go to now cause of the carbonation. I'm trying to think of some OTHER drink choices ahead of time so that I can try it at home before this reunion.

I DO NOT like Whisky, Gin or Tequila. I also DO NOT like drinking the alcohols I do like (i.e., Vodka) straight. So, having said that, IF YOU DRINK or HAVE HAD A DRINK SINCE SURGERY, what kind of drink did you have?

I am DEFINITELY looking to avoid anything sugary. I made a HUGE mistake over the 4th weekend and has a small milkshake and thought I was gonna puke, die, something. LOL MY heart was racing and I got all clammy. Ugh! I'm assuming it was the high sugar content that got me/spiked my sugar. I have not had sugar like that in about 4 months. So yeah, NEVER AGAIN!! LOL

I USED to drink (just to give you an idea of my tastes so that you may be able to better suggest something to me)...........

Wine (the sweeter the better, sadly)/Sangrias
Bloody Mary's
Seltzer Drinks (some)
Fruity Drinks (pina coladas and the like)
Beer once in a while

I recently had a SIP of a drink my husband bought to try. It was called BeatBox. It wasn't bad at all but seems kind of expensive. Especially if I won't be drinking often (but they do have singles you can buy). https://beatboxbeverages.com/collections/zero-sugar

Either way I'd like some other suggestions too. Oh and, I'm that person who DOES NOT like to taste the alcohol in their drinks. LOL Which is probably why I can't drink anything straight or even just mixed with plain Water.

Anyway, if after all of that you still have suggestions, lol, please let me know! Thanks!

Edited by SummerTimeGirl

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the only thing I've had since surgery is wine. I have like literally 1-2 glasses maybe four or five times a year. I didn't drink at all that first year.

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3 minutes ago, catwoman7 said:

the only thing I've had since surgery is wine. I have like literally 1-2 glasses maybe four or five times a year. I didn't drink at all that first year.

Which wine did you have? Like I said, I usually liked sweet/dessert wine the best but want to avoid such things now.

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4 minutes ago, SummerTimeGirl said:

Which wine did you have? Like I said, I usually liked sweet/dessert wine the best but want to avoid such things now.

not any particular one. I don't usually go for the super sweet kind, though - but that's just a matter of taste. I don't know it would make a difference with my WLS or not.

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Just now, catwoman7 said:

not any particular one. I don't usually go for the super sweet kind, though - but that's just a matter of taste. I don't know it would make a difference with my WLS or not.

Yeah what I meant to say was was it white, red, etc. Thanks for the input.

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I had a glass of white wine ….also had half of a Cesar…..didn’t feel any effects ….drank it slowwwww

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Flavored Crown Royal is my go to. (Peach, Apple, or Salted Caramel). On ice. No mixers. Alternate Vodka and Diet Cranberry. A good bourbon over Ice. Red wine (I like it super dry). One generally scratches the itch and lasts quite a while.

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I see people mix vodka or their other favorite alcohol with crystal light. Before surgery, I used to mix vodka with lemonade crystal light… a sugar free vodka lemonade!

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2 hours ago, kk217715 said:

Vodka Water with LOTS of lime!

I didn’t think of that…. Sounds really good and refreshing!!!

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I used to have a large glass of wine every night. I loved gin & scotch & champagne & a good martini. Since surgery I only have a drink about once a month. I don’t miss it at all. My friends all enjoy a drink or several but it doesn’t stop me socialising with them at all. I spend time with them to spend time with them not to drink. I take ages to drink a glass of alcohol now & often don’t finish it all. Sometimes I agree to a glass but only have a sip or two & really just hold the glass.

I had my first drink at about 6 weeks post surgery - my cousin’s 40th. It took me hours to drink that gin & tonic - at least the tonic became super flat.

My taste buds have changed & a lot of alcohol is too sweet now - even non sweet alcohol. Honestly I don’t enjoy it in the same way. I don’t enjoy champagne much anymore - the shock the horror! I haven’t had a martini in two years.

I find gin & tonic best because of the bitterness of the tonic I think. I had my first scotch last month (I always drink it neat) & it was ok.

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vodka and low cal orange juice?

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Make yourself some low sugar sangria with dry red wine and diet orange soda. The bubbles from the orange soda are minimal to non-existent when mixed with the wine. I like about 60-40 wine to soda mix, but adjust to suit your tastes. This was just my go to while camping over the 4th. Alcohol hits me way harder these days, so use caution.

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Have you tried Deep Eddy's vodka? I LOVE Ruby Red (grapefruit) with a splash of soda (about 1/8 of a can) and I hear that the Sweet Tea mixed with Crystal Light is amazing as an alcoholic Arnold Palmer. (I am not a sweet tea fan).

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12 minutes ago, kellym1220 said:

Have you tried Deep Eddy's vodka? I LOVE Ruby Red (grapefruit) with a splash of soda (about 1/8 of a can) and I hear that the Sweet Tea mixed with Crystal Light is amazing as an alcoholic Arnold Palmer. (I am not a sweet tea fan).

I have not. So many good suggestions on here.

I used to drink Jeremiah Weed Sweet Tea vodka mixed with Diet Peach Iced Tea and it was great. Until I got sick off of it once. Haven't tried it again since. LOL

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