I think that one of the reasons it is so easy to fall into the trap of alcohol addiction is the fact that it is socially acceptable to drink, sometimes in fairly large quantities, in many countries and especially the one that I am from, the UK. I would estimate that I had a drinking problem for a good ten years before I even begun to suspect that there was anything wrong and this was mainly due to the 'manly drinking culture' that was prevalent in the UK at the time (at least in my social circles it was). For me, I only started to realise that something was amiss when I looked at the people I was drinking with in pubs and came to a startling conclusion - they were different people every night! This may not sound very startling to anybody else but I had previously assured myself that I did not have a problem with alcohol for the very reason that all my friends enjoyed a drink too and whenever I was out I would always bump into some of my 'drinking buddies' and have a good chat. It was only when it dawned on me that the cast of friends I would meet down the pub changed every night that I realised I was the only one (or one of the very few) who was always there and always drunk. My apologies for rambling. The point I am trying to make is that it is important to take a step back from your life sometimes and try to analyse what you are doing. This is harder than it sounds when you spend half your life drunk and the other half hungover but for younger people who do not think they have a problem, it's well worth making the effort to see your drinking activities from an objective point of view. When I announced to my friends that I thought I had a drinking problem, most of them told me they had realised that fact several years before I had - I only wish they had bothered to tell me!