I have only had to stand my ground twice when alcohol was involved. I was sober both times. The first was when a "gentlman" broke a beer bottle over the back of my head, then tried to gut me with it. The second was when my cousin's husband came home drunk one night and mistook her for a punching bag. Both incidents were deemed self defense. All charges were dropped against me in both cases, but they still made it hard to get my pistol permit. I had to go in front of the sheriff and the county judge and have a long talk with them. In the end, I was deemed safe and given my permit.
Nowadays, I don't drink in bars, and limit myself to no more than 2 drinks at parties. When at said parties, I have a DD, and I do NOT carry. If someone starts trouble, I walk away and remind myself that the drunken D-bag is not worth the jail time and the loss of my rights. Don't get me wrong, I will fight if I have to defend myself and my loved ones, but I feel it is better to walk away. To hell with what others think, I don't have to fight to prove that I am a man,
With great power comes great responsibility. The responsibility we have when we are CCers is far more that that of the average man or woman on the street. Bear that in mind when a situation arises.
If I have to explain why I ride, you wouldn't understand. Explaining sex to an alien would be easier than explaining the feeling, one that boils all that is going on in your life down to what really matters each time you are in The Wind. All I can say is, Life is not Life without it.