I know that the evening is probably over...but I wanted to put my 2 cents in with regards to alcohol. It took me a long time to figure this out for myself and I went through a similar process -
Assuming you aren't on any medications that interact with alcohol, I think that your answer is fairly self-explanatory. If you are stressed enough by the decision to post about
it, then the alcohol will inevitably make your anxiety worse. You will be anxious that evening if you drink, one drink could lead to a panic episode once your body starts to feel the effects and then the next day you will probably be more anxious because you will be regretting the decision to drink and not feel 100% health-wise.
For me, when I am relaxed and not having severe anxiety issues in general, I can tolerate a glass of wine or something with little effect. But it really has to do with how I feel BEFORE the evening. If I find myself thinking twice about
having a glass of wine or having the slightest worry about
the effects during or after, then I know it would be in my best interest not to drink. If I do drink knowing my state of mind, I have anticipatory anxiety before picking up the glass, panic anxiety after drinking it and health anxiety the next day when I don't feel totally up to snuff! At this point in my anxiety life, I choose not to drink alcohol. Granted, my husband has been in recovery for 2 years, so not drinking hasn't been much of an issue thankfully :)
Also - just to add - once you go out with friends or to a party a few times without drinking, it becomes no big deal and you have just as much fun - I promise! After a while, you start to not pay attention to it anymore.
Anyway, I hope that you figure out what is the right path for you :)
Panic Attacks (since age 10) & General Anxiety with a little OCD thrown in there
Biggest Challenge - Panic; Biggest Joy - my 3 cute kiddos (ages 1, 2 & 5)