Thinking About Quitting Alcohol
Has anyone else here enjoyed alcohol their whole life, have many fond memories involving alcohol, would not categorize themselves as having a drinking "problem" (i.e., no withdrawal/longing for a drink if not drinking for a week or two)...but is just plain tired of the alcohol culture in the US and wants to take a (permanent) break?
I dabbled going dry earlier in the year - over about a 6-month stretch, I probably had fewer than 10 drinks total, but am now back to having 2-3 drinks on Fridays and Saturdays due to circumstances. And honestly, looking back on that dry period, I definitely don't think I was any less happy nor did I feel like I missed out on anything because I wasn't drinking.
Honestly, if I had to choose a time when i feel the most content/happy, it is an early Saturday morning (7/8 am) when everyone else is sleeping off their hangovers from the night before and I can get a run in, workout, read a book and drink copious amounts of good coffee. I also wouldn't categorize myself as an introvert as I love doing activities with people (biking, running, hiking, golf, tennis, fishing, cooking, etc.).
The issue I am running into is that the most important people in my life still like to drink quite a bit and I am afraid that I will fall out of touch / be judged for not drinking. I also am not sure how to avoid drinking in a professional setting w/o making people feel uncomfortable, so I have resigned myself to drinking in a professional setting just to avoid being "that guy".
Thoughts? Anyone else feels this way or have any experience?