Quitting Beer Drinking
Posted 02 January 2004 - 01:27 AM
All food gluten has been deleted from his diet for 6 months. Beer is an addiction, for him. Drinking wine, or, other gluten free alcohol is not satisfying enough. Beer is killing him. However, the desire for a cold beer surpasses all logic. Please, advise, if, anyone out there has ideas how to quit beer.
Posted 02 January 2004 - 07:04 AM
I don't think this site has archives that are searchable. Try http://maelstrom.stj...ves/celiac.html. You might be able to find some brands on that site. The other option is to keep your question on this site, but post it under Forums => Miscellanious instead of polls. I'm not sure how many people read the polls.
Good luck finding the gluten-free beers
Posted 03 January 2004 - 05:59 PM
my 15 year old and i are both celiacs
Posted 05 January 2004 - 12:55 PM
Would he be interested in homebrewing his own gluten-free beer?
That is what we do....
Posted 06 January 2004 - 05:41 PM
This probably isn't the response your gonna wanna hear but, if he doesn't want to stop drinking beer despite the agony he is putting his body through then he won't.
It took me 2 years to really get serious about gluten free, I still ate gluten although I knew what it was doing to me. Try the gluten-free beer, but in the end it's his intestines he's screwing with.
Posted 08 January 2004 - 01:28 PM
For the last month or so I have just been so tired. I cut out all the Gluten I could think of. Corn Starch is just murder for me. But it sounds like Corn isn't a bad thing. However I didn't stop drinking beer. I think this just may have been the culprit!
I stopped the Gluten in late August. Then the Corn and beer. I went to the doctor and he said I had an Ulcer. He treated me for it. I then had a month of pure bliss! I felt absolutely heavenly!
My wife slipped corn starch into gravy a couple of times and I couldn't for the life of me figure out why I started feeling, for the lack of a better word. "bad" After a couple of weeks she fessed up. However I think that it maybe brought my ulcer back. Heartburn wow!
Good news is I lost 20 pounds.
So I am off the beer now for about 10 days and I am starting to improve I think.
Seems like it is so hard to diagnose this! Any words of wisdom out there.
Posted 08 January 2004 - 06:34 PM
Posted 09 January 2004 - 08:39 AM
gluten-free since November 1, 2003
Posted 21 January 2004 - 12:36 AM
he knows just as well as i do that his friends, and the people who really care for him, would understand his situation, and wouldnt make a fuss if he drinks something else (god forbid!!!). but there's still his masculinity to think about!!
yes, i know.... how does his masculinity weigh up to his life!!??!! i suppose at 19 you're not really old enough to understand what life is really about- you just float along in this fun-loving environment, and that involves alcohol! and this, it seems, is stopping him from seeing what really is important!
Its a sensitive topic for him. He doesnt like to talk about celiac disease or have people fuss over him (im sure this is quite generally true). which may be another reason for his reluctance to stop drinking. if he wasnt drinking beer, he would feel different from everyone else. he would feel resentment for the celiac disease besause its stopping him being a regular adolescent in a very obvious way. not eating bread, or eating gluten free pasta, or simply not odering anything that contains gluten at a restaurant isnt so noticable. But not drinking beer in a pub is noticable, and so would make him feel "abnormal".
His new years resolution was to stop drinking beer, which made me happy because it seems as though he does really see why it is important. But as soon as he enters a pub, it all goes out of the window!!
I cant make him stop, it needs to be his decision entirely. but i can support and encourage him! i wont try and make him see why its so important, because he already knows!!
but this is difficult for me because i love him so much and i cant bear to think about what this is doing to him. and i cant nag him! and i dont want him to think im nagging him! so how can i go about this so that he takes it seriously, without me being next to him in a pub and making him order something different (which i can not do seeing as i live in a different country from him!!)?
Posted 21 January 2004 - 07:09 AM
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Posted 26 February 2004 - 07:33 AM
Posted 31 December 2004 - 12:13 PM
First, the ramapo valley brewery does make gluten-free beer. I ordered a case (it was $60, I think) and a few of the bottles were broken in the mail. The beer itself was okay, and I've since been told that it's technically illegal to ship alcohol this way across state lines. That's probably not going to work for someone who likes to drink beer regularly---too expensive, not a very good taste, breaking the law, etc.
There's a new company that has a website advertising gluten-free beer (http://www.bardsbeer.com/). They won't direct ship, and I've been trying to get local stores to order it for about six months with zero success. The problem, I guess, is that an alcohol distributor has to get involved. But recently this company has added a list of states where you can possibly get their beer from. I've never had it.
Apparently there's a brewer in Italy that crafts gluten-free beer. This, for me, is good enough reason to go there in itself. But they won't ship it anywhere else, I guess because it spoils.
Sometimes a "hard cider" can taste good. I've had no problems with Hornsby's and there are plenty of others on the market you could try. EDIT: Thanks to Tom, who corrected me that Hornsby's is NOT gluten-free---just heard back from the brewer, and I'll post that letter about Hornsby's and other Gallo products elsewhere).
So your original post asked about how to quit beer-drinking, and I guess one thing that might work is replacing beer with something gluten-free. Another strategy to consider is finding some professional help and/or a support group. Sometimes not being able to give up a food (or beverage) as part of celiac disease has a lot to do with emotional reactions to the disease itself. I've seen a lot of posts where people describe their initial reactions to the diagnosis and diet, and it seems clear that most people get the hang of it with time. But I think you have to be concerned when someone is stuck and continuing to expose themselves to gluten, even though they know it's harmful and it makes them sick. That's where getting some outside help might make a big difference.
Good luck to you both.
Edited by DrLeonard, 06 January 2005 - 12:28 PM.
Posted 05 January 2005 - 05:06 AM
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Posted 05 January 2005 - 11:47 AM
What's happened to me is that I've gradually trained myself to like wine a little better than I did previously, and I tend more to have a glass or two of wine with friends or at dinners rather than beer. I know it's hard to give up beer if you are a beer drinker and really like the taste. But as with other food-related gluten-free issues, I think it's more about what the food/drink symbolizes than anything else, and that's the part that takes time getting over. For example, if you are used to going to a pub with your friends and drinking a few pints, it is very difficult to let that part of your life go, and hard to find a substitute, just like for other people it might be sharing that Friday night pizza with their kids, and so on. We need to find ways to adapt, to hold on to the rituals that made the food or drink so important, and try to find other ways of continuing them, rather than insisting it is the beer or the pizza or the pasta Alfredo that is the whole point -- that without it life is just not the same. I am not minimizing anyone's feelings on this, though. It takes a pretty long time for most of us to come to terms with a whole new way of living.
I feel a lot further along this path than I was 10 months ago, and I hope that I will make even more progress in the future.
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