I have been drinking (usually to get drunk) regularly since I was 16 years old (now 31). From the ages of 20-30, I would estimate that I drank on average 3 nights a week, with at least Friday or Saturday night being a pretty big drinking session. 95% of the time, I was drinking beer. In the past year or so, I decided that I didn't really enjoy it anymore I and didn't want to consume the empty calories, so I have cut back a lot. Now, I really only drink one night a week and I will have a lot less drinks that I am accustomed to (say 4-5 drinks instead of 10 or 12). If I am at a business dinner or something during the week, I may have one beer or glass of wine, but I don't count that. I never have felt like I had a drinking problem even though I would sometimes get carried away.
Physically, I feel great and I have a ton of money to spend elsewhere. Also, as a result of not drinking as much I am not doing a lot of other stupid things like eating fried foods and chain smoking cigarettes.
I'm just curious if any of you have had a similar experience. One thing I never really understood about drinking was how much of my time was spent drinking, planning to drink, or recovering from a night out.