I wanted to introduce a topic I've seen little of around here. On my 25th birthday, after starting my booze career at the marvelous age of 12 with a stolen pint of Jack Daniel's, and with an awesomely wasted 25th birthday party, I decided I was no longer going to drink. At all. I could spell out the reasons (family has alcoholism, health benefits, monetary benefits, drank too much for too long, etc.), but mostly it was because I'm 25, I had now drank for half of my entire life, and was tired of it. The bar scene where I frequent was fucking depressing, the drinking I had been doing was mostly getting hammered for the sake of doing it (it wasn't any fun), and I noticed the people I was drinking with, I wouldn't hang out with sober. I just survived being sober through Christmas at home, and New Year's and I can safely say I have been sober for the 3 big drinking holidays for me (Halloween, New Year's and Thanksgiving). In a short period of time, I noticed several things happened to me. My drinking buddies disappeared like lemmings when I told them I wasn't going to be drinking anymore. My relationships are now less messy, as I'm not out at bars looking to prove that the grass is greener on some other side (note-I have never cheated, but it's hard to get bitched at by your SO, when you have a few new phone numbers awaiting you from last night). I am markedly less social, and avoid crowds more. Concerts, parades, parties, nights out, crowded restaurants are very different without a few drinks to relax me. I am an introvert, anyway, and alcohol minimized that effect on my social life. I have gained weight, but not because of alcohol (other factors being: visiting my mom's house for 3 weeks and no gym membership). I did notice more money in my bank account to throw around, so I spend it on books, better food, and things like comedy shows, movies, clothes. The bottom line is I have more money, but I spend it on equally superfluous things, I'm not taking beer money and buying my first G4. I read and write a lot more, have further embraced my geek-dom, and have noticed the quality of my relationships increase, where the number has went down. I also smoked pot a handful of times, and while it is a pleasant experience, it's nothing I would call a substitute, and I'll probably stop doing it entirely for job-screening purposes within 2 months. I would say, overall I am happier sober, but it has it's ups and downs. I'll continue to be sober (or try to be, anyway) for the next few months and see where it takes me. FOCUS: Sobriety. Struggles, endeavors, court-mandated trial periods. Please don't turn this into a thread about alcoholism. What is your life like with booze and without? Alternative Focus: Vices (pot, hookers, gambling, faberge eggs). What is yours, and why can't you live without it?