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...) and low and behold... 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...