I have a friend who began drinking pretty young, and became an alcoholic by the age of 20. She went through rehab for it, and stayed completely sober for about 7 months. At one point somebody on Facebook made a joke about her drinking again, and she got really angry and went off about people joking about her sobriety and how it was such a messed up thing to do. Within a few weeks after that, she was drinking beer. Then she started drinking hard liquor again. She just had her 21st birthday, and bragged about how falling down drunk she got. Basically, when does it stop being that she's in control of her drinking and start being that she's an alcoholic again? Because it's my understanding that most alcoholics can't go back and start "drinking occasionally" again, or they end up sliding down the same slippery slope.