You make good points and address an important topic in beginning with how pervasive and socially acceptable — even socially assumed — that alcohol has become in our culture. However, I do find it simplistic that you focus on the “how would I feel/be accepted” if alcohol was cut out. As evidenced by the frequent discussions my husband and I have about beer, one of the unlisted benefits of cutting out alcohol is the benefit to one’s budget, and one of the losses is in flavor. He is a craft beer fanatic and does not drink to get drunk, or even lubricated, really — he just wants the myriad flavors found in those bottles. That it’s alcoholic, well, it doesn’t hurt his appreciation, but as often as not simply requires strategy in consumption so as to not experience downsides.