Okay - this has been really bothering me. I've been hearing this statistic for some time and it just unnerves me. I suppose because I have several family members who claim to be functioning alcoholics because they had great jobs, etc. One uncle at 60 with a high paying nice job, got a DWI/DUI I suppose it was okay to keep drinking because he decided not to drink and drive anymore. I dunno, but I'm certain so many say they aren't true alcoholics. I know that if it disrupts our families because they are drinking every other evening to excess and saying things they do or don't mean - they are an alcoholic. Why is it that so many people I know are drinking? If it is only a small percentage of the U.S. population that is drinking, why so many alcoholic related car crashes? Everywhere I turn there's some kind of controversy due to alcohol. Ive been seeing this my entire life, as a small child or in middle school, high school, college, after college, in marriages, in mid-life crisis... PLEASE someone tell me a further explanation as to where this statistic of only 10-12% are true alcoholics. I believe it gives an excuse to those that call themselves functioning alcoholics to continue drinking because "they" are not true alcoholics. I want to know what this stat is...
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