I agree with you on all accounts. For anyone interested in cutting back — I highly recommend listening to the 3 part series on The Life Coach School Podcast about “Quit Overdrinking”. Brooke Castillo goes into the way the brain reacts to and craves alcohol — it’s fascinating. It’s not intended for alcoholics, just people who want to cut back.
This toxic, whiny corporate environment you speak of is also the norm in the Mom-circles. I find whenever I write things that are meant to be uplifting and inspiring I get called an idealist. But whatev — I will take it. I would rather be an idealist than a lush :)