Why I gave up drinking, and never plan to start again....
Disclaimer: I will occasionally have a glass of red wine with dinner. But only if it’s offered by the host.
While I was never an alcoholic per-say, do still have alcohol around the house, and still often provide it to others… I don’t drink at-all anymore. I realized shortly after quitting about a month ago that alcohol literally never did anything for me except create blurred memories that were more or less worthless, yet still enjoyable. However, the human mind is structured in a way that we habitually focus on remembering “the good times” and not the mediocre or bad…, and to tell you the truth, I don’t think it was worth it!
Many people seriously look back at their college careers (or college-aged careers…) as “learning to drink” or “the biggest party they’d ever been to” (see video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbsdlSpA2GU). I’ve definitely had some nights with too many drinks, some nights that started off badly and were made worse by alcohol, some nights that never should have happened if it weren’t for alcohol (these are generally the worst), but also some nights that never would have happened if it weren’t for alcohol (these are some of the best). You have to pick and choose your battles.
For now, no more drinking. Plus, someone bet me a drink that I wouldn’t go through with it. :)