I was a drunk from a family of drunks going back several generations. Some of my family were people who got up every day and did important jobs responsibly, others ended up in shelters and on the street, and many maried people with alcohol problems of their own. Some of us went to A.A., some of us just kept on drinking. Since these are the people that I love the most, I can't judge anyone else andhow they dealt with it. I stopped drinking early on( before I was thirty) because I could see from looking around me wher that was going. I didn't use A.A., but if that works for you, then God bless ya. Now my son desribes me as a "six-pack a year drinker" and I can handle that. MOre than that is over the line for me, though.