It happened to work out that when I learned to play guitar I was renting a room in a gallery home where the ad had said "No Drinkers!". But the two artists both played guitar and sang the usual songs of their youth, and we played every day. They also produced a non alcoholic product in the back yard. When I started playing at parties and with other players, I went along with the drinking I'd normally do in a non dry town. I gotta say, as my interest in playing well increased, my interest in playing drunk decreased! I've always had that sort of mania like thing that @getbent mentioned, and when not grabbing onto some dragon like playing guitar or climbing a mountain, I often needed a little something to slow down the racing brain. Long story short, 13 years later I found myself with a whole new dope habit I couldn't shake on my own. It's been 20 years since I escaped that little SNAFU, but a lotta friends died trying to get out, some without ever trying. Some were really great players, wasted for wanting some relief from their own drive. Or their own demons, etc. Just thought I'd mention that losing the desire to drink doesn't always lead down the best path!