Alcohol is addictive for many. At one point I had a three martini lunch with my coworkers two or three times a week. When I started having physical symptoms, like numbness in my hands, my then doctor advised me to cut down on the drinking. For me that was easy, and now the spouse and I each have one glass of wine with dinner, period. But in our family for some members in generations before and in generations after, alcohol addiction has ruined their careers, their health and/or their marriages. AA has saved one.