I worked as a bartender off and on during my first couple of years in sobriety.
I enjoyed serving drinks -- to others.
Not once was I tempted to have a drink myself.
I KNEW that I was alcoholic -- and because I was alcoholic, I couldn't drink.
At the clubs and some of the places I tended bar -- periodically, I would see someone
that I had seen in the meetings -- while they were sober -- that had returned to drinking.
It was sure a wake-up call for me as to "why I could not drink."
I can understand why some people do have to change playmates, friends and give up the places where they played.
1. They still have the mind of an alcoholic. And,
2. Often, the only playmates and friends that they had were round-the-clock drunks, like I had been.
Thanks for sharing, Chollis! Great to hear from you.