Recently there was a campaign in the UK called Dry January. This was a campaign designed to encourage people to have 31 days clean and sober, in the dead of winter.
The campaign website used a bunch of different strategies to give people alternatives to drinking.
For one, he unapologetically missed alcohol during the month. In fact, he missed it so much he could not achieve the goal. Consequently, he began to see himself as addicted and in need of change. Further, he became hyper-aware and subtly critical of the alcohol culture, and how he and friends generally behave while drinking.
Yet, his intent to change became tempered by the people and situations in his life that are so deeply entwined with booze that the reader is left wondering what can be achieved in the long run. Perhaps Peter’s complex feelings in regards to alcohol resonate with many of his readers.