“Insist on yourself. Never imitate.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Today is a day to look at what you see and how you feel about yourself. Ask yourself if you are still carrying around the identity of a drinker. If you are, does that identity connect to your dreams and goals. The more you value yourself, the less likely you are going to make excuses to drink like you used to.
For some people, the experience of drinking gave them an identity that helped them fit in more than the peer pressure to use. Alcohol has the reputation of letting one feel more relaxed, and be a little more laid back and less judgmental, which for many drinkers offers a less threatening atmosphere. This seems especially true if you first began drinking earlier on. Maybe your identity developed around this environment and these attitudes and rationalizations toward drinking. In essence, you may feel as though you are protecting identity.
It is time to really examine if you are being true to yourself or imitating a lifestyle that was comfortable and safe.