I gave up alcohol years ago b/c bad for my UC and I was starting to feel physically bad--for days--after I would drink, just wasn't worth it anymore. The other thing is that alcohol is toxic to the body, that's why we get drunk. I am struck by how difficult it is for you to give it up, do you think your "addicted." If you have any dependence on alcohol, it may be very difficult to give it up on your own, you may need support, community or professional. Just a thought.