ok. so here's the scoop. 2 weeks ago, i was at a wedding. drank too much. blacked out and did a few dumb things. i apologize to the people i offended and said that i was going to take a break from drinking for a while. they didnt seem to care too much about what i did, probably because they have come to expect that sort of stupidity from me when i am drinking. the problem i have is, i kindof set a goal for myself to not drink until thanksgiving time, which i told my friends about. sort of as a punishment to myself, imposed by myself. i do realize that i have a pattern of drinking is problematic, since i dont like blacking out or alienating myself from my friends. but alot of the time i hang out with them, it is at the bars (i live a few hours away, and only come back every other weekend or so). my goal from my punishment is to teach myself to control my drinking more so that i wont drink so much i black out. do you think this abstaining for 6 weeks or so will have any effect on this? i dont want to quit drinking. i enjoy having a beer every once in a while, and enjoy the social aspect of drinking with friends in a bar scene. i do on the other hand want to limit my drinking, so i dont drink too much and abuse alcohol. any tips for that?