My professional and creative hobbies require maximum *vitality* from me to give them my best every day. Now that I'm well past my early 30s -- (when you can still easily recover from anything you dump down the mouth hole) -- every little smart move you can make counts towards maximizing vitality.
The liquor finally had to go... My ex-gf inspired me to "try" sobriety (what a square idea, I know...) 'low and be old'... it turned out I preferred it... Shocker.
Now, if they ever invent a version of booze that doesn't make you feel tired, and slow you down the next morning, sign me up!
I drink a few times a year just to remind myself what a great decision I've made for me. =) And for a cheapskate like me, it's a cheaper lifestyle than 2 drinks a day !!! Also -- that's less cardio I gotta do to maintain my hourglass figure, so it's back to...
The cons WELL outweigh the pros for me in this phase of life -- it's not even close. If I were 21, maybe that's not so much the case... It could in fact be the opposite back then... I had a lot of fun drinking with friends and going out to dinner... I'm glad I have those silly memories (well at least the ones I can remember).
Having the *flexibility* to optimize your life habits (at every age) is big part of feeling good. Do what's best for you this year, not what was best for you 10 years ago...