This is my OPINION, not to be confused with any official stand from anyone else.
I believe my alcoholism entails a lot more than my inability to drink normally. I believe I was a little alcoholic as a child, unknowingly waiting for the magical elixir of my first drink. The drink that would answer all my questions and settle that “restless, irritable, and discontent.”
Why else would my childhood friends also be alcoholics (with some exceptions)? We had yet to have a drink, so the problem was as yet Ill-formed and unnamed. I call it “pre-alcoholism,” the alcoholic before they ever have a drink. We were attracted to one another because we shared this misfit-ness. I spotted it in my daughter when she wasn’t much older than a toddler. And sure enough, the first drink turned her from a contrary teenager to a full-blown alcoholic. The disease was just waiting.
Obviously this is why recovery from alcoholism is much much more than abstinence from alcohol. Without alcohol, we are left with all the “reasons” we drank like pigs. Thankfully, we have the program to deal with those reasons so that we can live sober successfully.
But that’s not my point.
There’s a person in the political arena who has never had a drink in his life. His older brother died of alcoholism. So he never drank. When I look at him, I see that overly intense look in his eyes, which I have seen so commonly in alcoholics. I believe his whole body and soul is just screaming for a drink!
Hence, a pre-alcoholic. And not someone I’d be comfortable with holding a high elected office.
That’s my opinion. That and ~$4.65 will get you an iced latte at your local Starbucks.