Just kind of curious about this idea. I mean, I drink....a lot. Every evening from 5 to 2am is filled with vodka gimlets, rum and cokes, and Caipirinhas. I just ENJOY drinking, I like the "escape". I go out with friends and have a few high end beers, and come home and enjoy a glass of scotch, a bottle of wine, or a gimlet or two. I don't wake up first thing in the morning thinking "I need a drink"...not most days anyway, but after a long day, there's nothing better than a stiff drink. I guess I was born to live on 1950's Madison Ave... So, my grandfather was an "alcoholic". From sunrise to sunset, he'd knock back a 12 pack of PBR and a bottle of scotch...every day and would SOMETIMES be verbally abusive towards my grandmother, but 90% of the time, he was completely aware and lucid. He worked his farm from 4am, including feeding the animals (sheep, pigs, cows, chickens, ducks, rabbits, etc) and plowing his fields with a flask by his side). Personally, I don't believe alcoholism is genetic, or a disease, but a choice, even with my family history. I guess, given my family history, I'd consider myself a functional alcoholic. If I could maintain a minimal level of "buzzedness", my days would go by so much better as I'm calmer and less anxious...oh well. I yearn for the days of 1950's Madison Ave. Time to start carrying a flask I guess. Thoughts? P.S. Currently enjoying a Caipirinha!