I didn't realize we were doing confessionals here.... (hi MrHan'sDuck).... So, I am still a heavy drinker but a fraction of how much I used to drink, which may be how I justify it. I went from not drinking at all until my freshman year in college..... to then being able to put down a handle of liquor or more in a night if I got serious about it. Relatively speaking, I have gradually cut back over the years but still drink a lot more than I should. When I had Covid a few months ago, I didn't drink for four days and was pretty impressed with myself because I felt good enough to drink by day three. It was a lot easier than I expected given that I used to have pretty bad withdrawls when I would stop for a couple days. Recently, I have gotten in the habit of entirely taking a night or two off during the week partly just to prove to myself that I can do it. I do wake up fresher and more clear-headed even though I don't seem to have the same type of hangovers that other people complain about. What's a bit strange to me is that I've always identified myself as a heavy drinker on all medical forms but my doctors never seemed that worried about it. I guess they assume that if you're open about it, it's not a problem since you're not in denial. But then I started wondering if I was open about it as some sort of reverse-psychology tactic. But it's also true that heavy alcohol consumption is still pretty socially accepted so long as you're making it to work on time and paying your bills.