I have many reasons why I stopped. Empty calories, doesn't lend itself to a healthy, fit lifestyle, but the most important is this...
Booze gives you false courage.
People speak more freely, say things that they regret. Act on ambitions they had no intention of acting upon without the aid of some booze.
You approach a girl you wouldn't normally talk to.
You take a shot to calm your nerves, so you can sing a song, act a scene, perform an act that you wouldn't have the guts to perform otherwise.
This becomes a crutch.
Using booze as a tool and an inebriated state as a manner to accomplish your inner most desires is a one way mission to becoming a living, breathing Jekyll and Hyde.
You're now putting into question what your courage is. A result of you, your hard work, your heroism...or was it a few shots of Johnny Walker.
Without the aid of booze, drugs, or whatever takes you out of the visceral experience, you're forced to face the world in an intimate way.
To face these scary, awkward, potentially horrible experiences in an altered state is robbing yourself of a real moment.
Until next time,
Lift Big, Sing Big, and Look Great Doing It.
The Opera Bro