I figure we need a place for those of us who were alcoholics once upon a time to share our tales, and provide encouragement to those who still are. For me, I got out of Vietnam, discovered that I really like a 50/50 blend of whiskey and vodka. I drank excessive amounts regularly. I ended up having marital problems with my first wife, and the marriage failed. Eventually, my friends saw that I had gotten out of hand and got me into rehab. In 1990, I finally got sober. I turned to Christianity and found my lovely wife. All has been well. I'm mentally in tact. I still enjoy my whiskey/vodka, but in moderation. I've only had one time where I almost slipped back, and that was when my wife had her stroke a few years back. (All is good with her. She still remains the same her, just slight eccentricities. It was a fairly minor stroke.) If you are comfortable with it, and were once an alcoholic (former druggies accepted too) share your story! If you are struggling with substances, come to any of us, and I'm sure we'd be happy to help.