My belief is this: alcoholism is a disease. It is a nasty, life-destroying disease. Not only that, alcoholism is a disease that affects more lives than just the life of the diseased alcoholic. If there are families involved, then the families are affected, too. Alcoholics don't have to be abusive or drive drunk to affect those around them. Additionally, alcohol is often a common feature in abusive relationships.
So, for the individual who has worked for years in substance abuse who made the comment that "there are actually non drunk driving, non abusive alcoholics contrary to popular belief", I have this to say: you just earned the right to proudly fly my "Idiot Pride Flag".
Should I even mention that this individual is also a writer?
(I really must watch who I befriend on Facebook. I get into so much trouble befriending the wrong people on Facebook, especially if they happen to be writers.)
Some Links of Interest
Alcoholism is a disease:
Alcoholism affects others, not just the alcoholic:
and let's not forget FAS:
And alcoholism often features in abusive relationships: