I've realized that drinking is very closely related to my weight. I never thought so, until I actually put it in the tracker for a few weeks. Talk about a bit of a shock. I cut back and made some adjustments. It really is adding a bunch of weight.
I also worked at a brewery for quite awhile. It's really hard to pass up $2 pints for employees. Not to mention, someone at a brewery is always up for a beer after the shift is over! (Thankfully, I am just a customer there now.)
I started doing a few things to help out the situation:
Typically, I drink vodka & club soda. I prefer stoli orange with club; and a slice of fresh orange. (My brother drinks it too. This can be a manly drink. I'd much prefer my date to order this than a cosmo or something.) I also started drinking one shot drinks in a big glass. This way I can have a ton of them. I'm still going to get a buzz, and I cut my calories in half. It's not beer. I know. It is still a way to be social. It would help if you did this on 2 out of 4 Sundays a month.
When it comes to beer. I'm not sure how you bottle/serve your beers at home. If you bottle them, it's always nice to share. This way, you can still try all of the beers. I know I can be totally lazy when I'm drinking. Sometimes, I don't want to take the time to make another drink, or get up an pour another beer from the keg. (OK, realistically, I get up to go get it. Hey, I walked to and from the keg twice as many times if my glass is smaller.)
One of the best things to do, is drink a glass of water between drinks.
Good luck. Cheers.
(I hope you don't mind a girls point of view.)