Many of us, at one time or another, have thought: "There but for the Grace of God go I." We do not live in a world with level playing fields. Fate plays a role in everyone's life. We don't choose the country of our birth, our parents or the genes that we carry for some of our personality traits and various illnesses, including alcoholism. Such predispositions can turn on as a result of toxins in the environment from the womb forward, exposure to harsh life experiences (including poverty, trauma, abuse) or the stupid decisions we make and chances we take when young or too easily influenced.