Loved this, P! Another reason why I realized not drinking is important is because yes, alcohol eases you in to the crowd. I almost caved due to this and thought, “yes, I’m anxious and a drink will loosen me up so I can start relating to people and maybe build a new friendship, BUT I don’t want to drink so that feeling will always be around. I can take some deep breaths and smile (knowing I tried), or give in.” I was sober that party. I don’t judge others for caving but what you’re hiding from will alwayssss be there unless addressed.