I ran across this interesting video answering the question “what is the hardest thing about living in Costa Rica?”. You would expect the language, culture shock, or any number of other concerns but I never though about alcohol, and how easy it is to indulge too much.
Costa Rica is right next door and I’m sure a lot of things are similar for expats there and here. As Michael in the video says, your time isn’t structured with work and obligations. You don’t have to get up in the morning looking bright and ready to tackle the day. You aren’t responsible for children or other obligations. Alcohol is everywhere and it’s inexpensive so it’s way too easy to get carried away.
I have heard about excessive drinking here also. There are people who go to the bar every afternoon and stay until they are barely able to stumble home again. I have been to a party, at noon, and the main objective was clearly to drink. By the end of the afternoon some were embarrassingly drunk, and I was very concerned about the participants who all had to drive home. I’m sure there are many other people who drink at home and stay out of sight.
I don’t have much advice except to say if you find alcohol very seductive, you might factor this in when you build your new life in retirement. Find other interesting things to do, and get involved with people and activities that don’t involved drinking. Don’t spend your precious retirement years in an alcohol fog.