I like drinking. A lot. But what I have realized over the last few months, much to my own surprise, is that I like being productive much more.
I know this is not the case for other people, but for me personally, it is very much the case that I can't have both. It's not that I'm hungover every day, or even every week; rather it's the small things that bother me. When I go out and have a few beers, I get a bit less sleep than I'd like, and a lot less rest that I need. Programming is as much a concentration exercise as anything else, and waking up with a headache, or a general numbness takes away concentration and makes my job that much harder. A night of drinking always costs me half a day of productiveness. I don't want that to happen anymore. I want to create awesome stuff so something has to go.
So I decided to give up alcohol after August 8th (that's two weeks from now). There will be exceptions for major events (birthdays, elections, Champions League finals, the lot) of course, but I can't afford it anymore. My work is too important to me.
P.S. I don't need you to tell me that I'm being overly dramatic or that I only need to moderate myself. I can't moderate myself, which is the whole point of giving it up completely.
P.P.S. This is also not a reflection on anyone else. This is all about me not being able to handle my drinks properly. If you can, good on ya!
P.P.P.S. This also doens't mean I will stop going out. I will just drink loads of Club Mate from now on.