Urban Scout, that's generally how I am with drinking, too. I just love to go out. I was at a bar one time and was talking to two Iranian guys who were drinking water. I commented that I thought it impressive they could be around drunks at a bar and drink water. I know it's illegal over there, but I couldn't wrap my head around being around alcohol and enjoying it if I don't drink (my friend I previously mentioned puzzled me too, but I was glad he'd go out with us). They told me back home, they have clubs that go on all night, but alcohol is forbidden in that country so people dance and have fun completely sober. I hope someday a club like that would actually be successful where I live, but given that alcohol is a staple of Omaha and cocaine has been all over the place like the plague, I am a bit doubtful anyone would go.
I used to (try to) do the Eastern Orthodox Lenten fast every Lent season, which includes abstaining from alcohol (as well as all animal products and cooking oils and sugar) and I had no problem going to shows and parties without drinking. In fact I think I had the most fun doing that. However, last year I tried to go out without drinking for any reason at all, and wound up coming home drunk. I'm sort of getting to that point where I too think I need to just quit full stop. I've been drinking way too much this year, even at my house by myself and that's never a good sign. My boyfriend recently developed an allergy to alcohol (his father has it too) and has completely quit drinking and smoking, so I'm hopeful he'll be a good influence on me.