There was a time when I was a younger person, that I enjoyed quality wines, quality Canadian strong drinks, and the best Japanese beer. It never occurred to me that I was drinking too much until I started to experience "serious GI bleeding." Life threatening GI bleeding episodes caused me to think clearly about my drinking habits and to take personal responsibility for decreasing my risk for death by eating and drinking more responsibly.
I am a very respected, and highly educated clinician, a medical researcher and practiced quality medicine for more than 20 years. One may ask, "How is it that a great doctor could have a habit of drinking too much?" Drinking can give one the false sense that one is decreasing one's stress, when actually, in the long run, one in increasing one stress and risk for ill health.
I broke a bad habit out of a realization that I was killing myself. Sometimes it takes this, "a slap to the face (so to speak)" to wake one up, to bring one to one's senses, to help one give up a bad habit.