Hi Andrea Welcome
your right the people here are very friendly and have helped me heaps,
I understand your reservations with MTX But the earlier you start on it the Better
Some People (me included) have problems with Nausea so be prepared best to have a good dinner the night you take them, I have maxalon (anti nausea) and take that in the morning following.
I guess as for Drinking it may be one of the things you sacrifice to be able to function
try changing it for a cup of hot chocolate or special Tea etc.
I know its not the same but you get used to it
I used to drink but gave up some years ago - for other reasons so its not an issue now for me.
and I know the feeling of coming home to have a drink or a soak in the tub and a drink but seriously it dose pass and you can compensate with other things, I am now a chocoholic