“The way to gain a good reputation, is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.”
Society today is very much driven by immediate gratification, exemplified by the use of computers, cell phones, and text messaging. Alcohol and/or other substances also satisfies the desire for immediate gratification by acting as a social lubricant or liquid courage. Take a look at whether the use of technology or substances interrupts true social contact, getting to truly know other people or yourself. Is your reputation with yourself and others based on artificial contact or your true reputation? Building a good reputation takes genuine contacts, time, patience and hard work. If you continue to use alcohol as a means to socialize, how long will it take to get to know your true self?
It takes a good 30 days to really begin to feel better physically, sleep better, and visually see differences in your self. Take the time to get there, and stick with your commitment.