Did you feel at all left out by not partying?
I did, to the point that I started doing it anyway and paying for it.
Eventually, I decided it was better to be honest with my friends. I explained to them my situation, and most understood and didn't pressure me to drink. The ones who did, I just distanced myself from.
I still went out with friends and occasionally drank, but most of the time I didn't and it was ok.
It upset me and still does to this day, but health is more important than a few drinks.
A few times when I drank anyway and to severe excess, I was in a whole lot of pain.
Definitely not worth it!