Oh dear it seems that you are all so good....
I had to go leave the booze for 13 weeks a good number of years ago when I was taking Prozac and did so 90% faithfully.
Unfortunately I am one of those dreaded people who really loves their tipples. In fact I'd go so far as to say that drinking is one of my favourite passtimes!
This has in the past caused me problems if paired with my hypomania. I once kicked my best friend's door down when he (like a good friend) refused to relinquish my car keys after a heavy drinking session.
The same day (this was a particularily manic period for me mind) I had got into a fight with someone in an off licence for absolutely no good reason.
I have also tried to drive to Holland before whilst totally plastered. Fortunately my sense of direction also failed me that night along with most of my other faculties.
Oh yes, I have also driven from a casino in central London to Sussex with a parking ticket fixed firmly to the centre of my windscreen all the way. I passed three police cars on the way. I am so ashamed of some of these times that when I think back on them it can physically hurt me. Indeed, after breaking my friend's door in I travelled to the Strand in London and stared at the traffic there for an unusually long time....
Although on the other hand I have had some wonderful times with the stuff. It allows me to be myself in a group. I know this sounds like a cliche but then all cliches/generalisations have some basis in the truth. In fact, I'll let you in on a little secret... I've drunk 1 bottle of wine, 5 pints and two glasses of armagnac tonight. I've been with people for the vast majority of the time and the fact is I love it. I love booze.
It is similar to the way I love to smoke. Smoking has been a faithful friend to me through thicka and thin for many years. I know it is not good for me but I truly beleive that if I had not had the fags (sorry my american chums) to rely on then I would have done something silly by now, without a doubt.
Booze loves me and I love booze. I could not envisage my future without it neither would I want to. Also, I find it can help settle me down if I can't sleep. Perhaps not what the doctor would recommend but hey, we all get through life in our own way.
I suppose that considering the title of this topic is "on not drinking," this has not been a particularly helpful post. To tell the truth I posted this half for the benefit of balance in the post and half to exorcise some demons of my own regarding the subject. Hey, I don't want to encourage anyone else to overdo it in this regard. I suppose it's just another of my many self destructive vices. Boo hoo.... :'(