Thank you for this honest feedback of your experience. I totally get what you mean. I’ve experienced the same positive effects after quitting for some time, just wanting to see “how long I would go without drinking even a beer". I fount it hard to say no at social gatherings, but my relationship with alcohol has definitely changed, and I wouldn’t go back either, even if I was not even a big drinker. I just don’t find the point anymore.
Thank you for sharing. And well-written, by the way!