Anyone here stayed sober for a matter of years? I think it'll be in my best interest to do so. Right now I need to go on a bullet-point rant to get a few things off my chest. I'm doing this for purely selfish reasons. I'm not like George W. Bush who experienced a moral conversion that coincided with his decision to quit drinking. I'm merely exchanging one means of gratification -- the attention and good spirits that come from social drinking -- for another -- success in my hobbies and future career. The extreme to which I take social drinking has made these two forms of gratification incompatible, so I must choose one or the other. I don't regret having given myself a reputation for drinking. Until very recently (1-2 months ago) no non-religious people looked down on me for drinking heavily, because I was able to still maintain good grades and health while blacking out regularly. During college I've successfully built a reputation as an extroverted, fun person -- a reputation I never had in high school. I know I'm capable of being a fun guy, and I can now get back to worrying about the things that should be most important to a guy with only a few semesters of college left and a dismal economy awaiting him in the U.S. I'm not sure whether I now regret the excessive drinking that I always regretted the day after. Hangovers suck. I hate losing things. I hate waking up with scars (and broken bones). I hate waking up drunk and having to go class. I hate becoming embarrasingly effusive to girls I like. However, it's possible that those negative aspects of blacking out are outweighed by the positives -- cool stories to tell later in life, the times my carelessness improved my game with women, etc. Time will tell.