Remember this for parties: Good tonic water on the rocks with plenty of lime looks and tastes much the same as as a vodka with tonic. Hell, it pretty much tastes the same as a gin and tonic, if I didn’t pour it. Sure, tonic is nasty, and while the lime will help prevent scurvy, even the good tonic doesn’t have enough quinine to actually treat the malaria we’ll see more of thanks to global warming, but you can sip it and giggle and have much the same fun as if you were really drinking. Part of that fun is shocking friends who thought you were sober. But always order it yourself and watch the barkeep. Some people think it’s funny to slip you something you don’t want, but that’s standard bar advice.
The down side of sobriety, as you’ve probably seen, is how embarrassing your drunken friends can be.
Congrats, my friend. I am very happy for you.