My step father had been an alcoholic since the day I could understand what was going on, he would always try and get us kids involved in his drunken stupor. My mother was always in the way though and took a lot of the storm, she was smacked around and her head hit against trees. He would abuse her with words and emotions, in the year of 2004 after constant abuse my step father passed away. He had gotten cancer, it started with an ulcer in his throat, the doctor said it was from drinking too much and not eating correctly. I knew that eventually one day that Alcohol would take his life, either through his liver or through something like cancer, it is a horrible and ugly experience to live with someone who abuses drinking. Alcoholism does not run in the family, I believe he started drinking in his 20's when his brother passed away in his own car from poison when you leave it running. Sad story, but I guess it is the facts of life.