Thanks for the feedback guys!!
Sassi- i agree with you when you say that the drinking may be more out of habit than anything else. Like you, i don't drink much, but there are certain situations where i'm promted to do so. For you, its watching sport. For me its any social event on the weekend (coz i don't believe in drinking during the week). I think i need to try and break the cycle by seeting a maximum limit of say 2 drinks initially and then eventually going without.
Ally- i'm an avid wine drinker and i've heard that spritzers are a great help when trying to lose weight. By making 2 drinks turn into 4, a spritzer definitelymakes the alcohol go further.
Kate- i think you could be right. The alcohol thing may be exactly the same as your weakness for chocolate. Alcohol just happens to be my "drug" of choice. I agree with you that we don't have to give up our favourite things completely, just because we're losong weight, but its all about moderation. At the moment, i don't believe that i can be "moderate" with my alcohol consumption, so that's why i'm aiming to go without until i hit goal weight. When i'm in maintenance, i'll reintroduce alcohol within a calorie-controled diet. By the way, nice to see a picture of you in the flesh. It's good to put a face to the kind words that you always have for everyone.
Thanks for the advice guys