I guess the best way to answer your question about abusing vs. addiction of alcohol (FOR ME) is to say I tested the waters after 18 yrs sober. I searched my heart, read what God had to say about alcohol use, & questioned myself .We went to Mexico in 2000,&drank some there. I had been sober 18 yrs (had used, but never abused any drug by that time in my life). I had no w/d from alcohol, no cravings & didn't think about it all the time, & had worked a REALLY strong program. During 2000-2008 I would have a glass of wine, beer, etc. & never thought about having more. Most of my family members (brother and sisters) are in recovery. My brother says the same things about alcohol I am NOW experiencing in a very real way about pain pills. Blessings, Connie
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