As a former addict or alcoholic, are you able to be around others without being affected? I had a severe drinking problem many years ago. When I started, I could not stop, never passed out, just went on doing crazy things and hardly ever remembered. My life went on this way for many years. I finally stopped and stayed away from alcohol for about 20 years. Today I enjoy a glass of wine with a good meal when I go out or with family at Christmas time. This does not happen often, but I have realized that I am in control and will never allow alcohol to take hold of me again. I have even been in situations where family members are having a number of drinks and I cannot keep up. I just can't drink much and neither do I want to. I do not find 'drinking' a temptation at all, but rather distasteful. However, I do enjoy a glass of red wine with a great meal when I eat out, which is not often. It took me many years to get to this place.What is your experience?