My mom is a falling down drunk. Although she has tried to stop, and although she tries to hide it, she has never been sober for more than a few months since I can remember. My dad wasn't so bad, but he had no problem drinking and driving with us in the car and every night, without fail, there was a beer in his hand. Both of them are/were amazingly intelligent, loving, great people... Except where alcohol is involved. So, I will not be that way. I just won't. It's not like I've never tried alcohol, but it has been rare and I can feel how hard it would be to stop if I made it a regular thing. I am 17 and I know I have alcoholism, but I will NOT grow up and throw away my life for a drink. I will break the cycle.