In recent weeks I've made a conscious choice noyt to keep any hard liquor in my new place. I'm still enjoying the occasional beer or wine, but no spirits. The reason is simple: I have a drinking problem, but one that has nothing to do with alcohol.
I can enjoy alcoholic beverages or not, depending on my mood. I'll go days or even weeks without it.I enjoy it, I don't need it.
But ask me to go a whole day without soda pop, and things get ugly. I seriously go through withdrawals. And the problem with hard liquor is that I drink almost none of it straight -- I'm a mixed drink fan, and guess what my mixer of choice is: You guessed it, pop.
So for now, I'm giving up hard drink until I no longer have a problem with soft drinks.