I quit drinking 5 or 6 years ago. I also quit coffee at the same time. Coffee was a lot harder. Originally I said free booze was okay, since my primary motivation was saving money. After one open bar at a work event, I went, let’s just not do this at all eh? I wasn’t out of control, but I spent a bunch of money on crappy food and drinks at a second location.
I grew to like the ancillary benefits of not drinking. No hangovers! More calories to spend on chocolate! I can easily have just one drink, and I have very occasionally done that, like a few sips of champagne on New Year’s.
The two times I have DRINK DRANK DRUNK since then:
- My last month in NY. I was leaving my job, my home, my friends, and I said fuck it let’s go crazy. It… wasn’t worth it.
- My DC job. This was a bad, needing to drink to be less stressed period. I didn’t go crazy, and the occasional drink(s) while on dates did help me relax. But the best solution would have been not needing the drink in the first place. Or maybe getting high instead.