So the new alcohol regime is going very well, knock on wood. Three months now. I no longer mind the near beer, the system has clearly readjusted to lower levels of alcohol, and the desire for more is a lot less (but still there). Weight loss is happening, although I'm not on the stationary bike as often as I should be -- I just run out of time, doing things around the house. I need to quit doing stuff earlier, as I go to bed sooner -- there would be no relaxing time without it.
So that's all good.
I do have some concern with a pain in my side. It was there when I was drinking heavily, and was a prime reason why I cut down. It went away. Then, it came back. Then it went away. Then it came back, and migrated to the centre, and then the other side. Then it went away. Today, it's back in a teeny tiny bit.
I know I should get it checked out, but... yeah. It could be this, it could be that. I'm prone to ulcers, I'm prone to gallstones, I'm prone to hernias, whatever. The problem is that I have a) an aversion to medical checkups, seeing them as not unlike having to go to Confession, and b) an exceptionally high pain threshold (See: Appendix, Burst). Put those two together, and I can put it off for a while yet, and see if it goes away. It's getting good at going away. There's no real problem, only a potential problem. Let's get the Boat out of the way, and then re-evaluate.
Yes, I know this is not my most brilliant plan. What can I say? I have a relaxed attitude towards my own mortality. Too much Platonic and Buddhist philosophy.