OK, I can see where you're coming from as a recovering alcoholic. But for many people, alcohol isn't as black and white as you present it here. I think there's something to be said for someone wanting to prove something to themselves, that they can exert willpower.
And, while you've got a solid view on what alcohol and drinking means for you and I commend you for that, not everyone does. Sometimes abstaining from something gives you perspective to see how much of a role it has in your life. There's plenty of middle ground between the $20 poker player and the $50,000 gambler for people. Maybe not you, but for others there is.
We are here for you! And you sound like you're well on your way and stocked with plans, projects and dreams. Well done.
@kissy hynde Oh, boy, does your story sound similar to mine. Good luck to both of us!
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@VDRE I get defensive when it comes to my boxed wine.
What kissy hynde says. Especially this: for "people whose regular daily life includes drinking-not to say that they abuse alcohol but for those who don't have a second thought about that second or third drink on a Tuesday night." For me it's when drinking becomes a bit thoughtless, and sort of a habit, and I find it to be really nice to reevaluate my habits especially at the start of a new year.
I also work in a bar, and usually have a drink or two at the end of the shift (or on shift, whatever.) That combined with hanging out with friends in bars when I'm not working equals lots of bar time!