I come from a modest life. I work hard, I earn my living, I am dedicated to my investments. Every once in a while I enjoy some adult beverages to ease the tension a bit. I realize intending to optimize my well-being subsequently defies my ability to self-medicate with alcohol. Recently, I decided my need to "manage my stress" superseded my engagements to my health. A mere 3 heinekens and my morning started off with nausea, a minor headache, and guilt. I'm aware of my errors and plan on omitting alcohol from my life, however I reach to others on this matter for some advice on specific questions. 1.) Scientifically speaking, why does my body react so much more harshly to alcohol now than when I ate a standard diet or even a cooked vegan diet? 2.) How do I break from the alcohol scene when I have been raised around it and developed all my friendships with it as the foundation? I'd appreciate any feedback.