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I'm finding time and time again I keep getting into situations where I feel lost and confused...I have someone in my life that is very supportive but every time we go out either to a bar or out to a restaurant there seems to be tension and frustration that leads to some type of argument. I never seem to know what i can order while out...i hate the fact that all different types of juices can contain gluten...I miss being able to just order what ever the hell type of drink I feel like....It takes me what seems like forever to try and find something to drink at the bar and while I'm looking over the stupid menu's or try and think of something safe to have i can sense the stress building not just in myself...i find my attitude changing more so to the negative side of life...I try so hard to make things go smoothly since being diagnosed but any time i go anywhere i hate myself more and more....I hate having to have everyone look at me with that look of concern or curiosity i know i can't just go back to how i was eating before...I hate Celiac and I hate all the stress it has brought into my life...I guess the question i have for anyone after all my rambling is....What drinks can you order while out?

I don't want to get to the point that I can't go out for happy hour or that i have to stop being social...

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I mainly have switched to wine.

Tequilla drinks, well have u heard that song... Tequilla makes her clothes come off? :rolleyes: Not quite that bad. The next thing I knew I was on a stage in a trivia contest. Saddest part of the evening, I won the trivia contest. My competition was too young to drink and therefore sober. :blink:

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I mainly have switched to wine.

Tequilla drinks, well have u heard that song... Tequilla makes her clothes come off? :rolleyes: Not quite that bad. The next thing I knew I was on a stage in a trivia contest. Saddest part of the evening, I won the trivia contest. My competition was too young to drink and therefore sober. :blink:

Are all wines gluten free? I found out the hard way not all rum is gluten free

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I, too, only order wine (unless gluten-free beer is available)...and wine is considered gluten free. I recently read that some vintners "clarify" their wine using wheat, but I spoke to some local vintners, and they told me that that would be extremely rare--at least, here in California. I don't bother ordering mixed drinks because I don't trust them.

If you plan on going somewhere to eat, just call ahead and speak to the manager or chef about what you can eat. Then when you get there, you'll feel confident about ordering. This is also a good way to find places that can actually serve you--if they've never heard of gluten or don't know what contains gluten, call someplace else.

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Are all wines gluten free? I found out the hard way not all rum is gluten free

Every credible organization and expert states that wine is gluten-free. A few individuals make unsupported claims to the contrary.

Which rum, specifically, contains gluten? Please provide your verifiable source for the information.

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I drink Bacardi a lot -- well, not that much :blink: Also wine, and scotch, gin and tonic (without the lemon :P )

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Wine should be fine. Many restaurants list their gluten-free menus online, so you can decide what to order before you get there; that's what I do. I ask for a gluten free menu and let the server know I can't have gluten so they will be careful, but there is no stress figuring out what I can have since I've already done it.

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I understand where you are....most of us have walked in your shoes before. Give it some time and soon you will be a master of your world. It will come, I promise.

There are several drink options. I will post a link at the end.

Also, there are several chain restaurants that have gluten free menus. If you don't live in the boonies like I do, you most likely have several options.

http://www.celiac.com/articles/222/1/Gluten-Free-Alcoholic-Beverages/Page1.html

http://celiacdisease.about.com/od/socializingwithoutgluten/a/DiningOutLists.htm

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I drink vodka with no problems.

For eating out, I highly recommend bringing a dining card. My favorite is this one: http://www.ceceliasmarketplace.com/ (My direct link isn't working. Just go to their store and look for it on the right hand side.) I love the color coding on it. I own 3 in case one doesn't get returned to me. Before I order, I always show it to the wait staff and ask them to show it to the chef. A card helps to explain things completely, and I think it causes restaurant employees to take your needs more seriously.

Also, research a restaurant before going there, so you can be more prepared to order. Google "gluten free restaurants (your city)" to find places you hadn't considered. Come up with a list of a variety of places you feel comfortable trying.

And bring a snack with you if you think the bar won't have any safe bar food. I keep a stash of safe food in my car in case I get hungry while out.

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I keep a list in my purse of things I can have at Wendy's. (Mostly because Frostys are the best thing ever!) My husband can sometimes get a sudden craving for fast food and I tell him it's the only place I'll go now. I found a small frosty and a baked potato are more than enough to satisfy me. I also told him I won't plan on going out to dinner without knowing for certain where we are going in advance with enough time to find out if they even have anything I can order. Knowing what I'll be facing when I get to a restaurant will really help ease the stress for me. If you like to be spontaneous about eating out, research what places are safe for you and keep a list of possible options handy.

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I drink wine and malt whisky. When I was originally diagnosed I thought that I wouldn't be able to drink malt due to the barley but on investigating with Coeliac UK I was delighted to find that it's safe! As for eating out I tend to get a bit anxious if I'm going to a restaurant which I haven't been to before but I explain to the waiting staff and usually pick three options and ask them to check with the chef which of these are safe for me. If it's a small menu I ask them to get the chef to mark what I can have. I was diagnosed on 6th May 2011 and it now is just second nature and I don't feel awkward about it. I'm lucky in that we have a favourite local restaurant and the first time we went after diagnosis I explained to the waiting staff and the chef came out to speak to me about it and I've never had cross-contamination. He tried a number of different versions of my favourite drambuie sauce and his last one was so good he is now doing the gluten free one for everyone.

Keep persevering - you'll find that it gets easier. :)

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