Before I stopped, drinking was no longer doing it for me at all. I was unhappy with the weekly amount I drank. And the times during the day/week I wasn't drinking, I wasn't happy yet the times I was in the act of drinking, I was tortured trying to control the amount and dreading hangovers (which had become unpredictable) so life was just one long miserable pre-occupation with alcohol. Boring, self absorbing and just a total waste of time, not to mention the physical and mental damage it was doing to me.
Since quitting, I have freed up my time and focus and and my life has changed a lot. I now have actual real hobbies, which progress, ie. I don't just do them some times and drop them for months - I am building on each day's experience, building ability and generally just enjoying life and my new skills which never really happened before. A certain mental strength and courage has appeared and life just seems a helluva lot easier. Possibilities have opened up, I feel I CAN do anything and WANT to try new stuff and embrace changes (change was a BIG no no back in the dark days, something which was feared and to be avoided at all costs).
I have confidence and consistency in my life now. Life is exciting, sweet, interesting, manageable and ENJOYING. And not something to be feared. I still encounter difficulties and have moods from time to time but they are surmountable and I don't panic when life throws me a curve ball.
My friends and family think I've lost the plot, of course, since they wouldn't have considered me a 'falling around the place drunk' so don't see why I felt the need or desire to quit but I just try to ignore the quizzical looks and comments. I'm loving life now and ain't changing it back to the old exhausting, anxiety/depression inducing, torturous (and expensive) way for anyone.
Go for it, fat guy!