Yesterday I met some old work friends where in the past it got very "messy" I, due to my past necrotising pancreatic illness, have been advised never to drink again so I was on the non-alcoholic beer complete 0%. I dislike coke and orange juice and the sugar levels are much higher in those drinks in my opinion. What I noticed gradually as my friends got more and more inebriated and raucous was my contribution to the evening. I could relate to the jokes and banter but felt I wasn't in that zone where everything is hilarious no matter what. I'm an extrovert character and you can argue you don't need to drink to have a good time well for me that's just a myth. You just don't get that same buzz that elation when all around you let their inhibitions go. I used to love being part of that feeling and find it so difficult to get that high if you like. My friends obviously understand my condition and said you contribute to the evening as much as anyone but I couldn't help feeling I was trying to over compensate getting involved in the banter. I obviously had my kit with me checking my levels and injecting where necessary essential on a long night out (4am!) I don't know if I will entertain the idea of a long night out for awhile now. You may call this a self pitying attitude but it really isn't. From being the soul to the nominated driver is tough to take. This is not a moan about me not being able to drink but even if I could our condition prevents us doing what we used to do. Diabetes and all its connotations does get to me sometimes. How do you guys cope in these situations?