It is taking its toll. Always someone is suffering and slow;y killing themselves. I have been working more and more with elderly and senior citizen alcoholics and I am amazed at how this disease of alcoholism is really anout the "ism"
I heard a great acronym last night - ISM - "I separate myself". That is what alcoholism and addiction do. They force us to separate ourselves to protect our addictive behavior. Recovery allows us to reconnect, renew and regain our lives.