At the risk of starting a major flame-fest, permit me to say the following: I come from a family where alcoholism and drug abuse has been a problem for several generations. Fortunately, none of my drinking-and-driving relatives have caused injury or death to someone else. While alcoholism is not the easiest thing to overcome, it can be done. My wish for all the rest of you is that you exert some sort of positive influence over the problem drinkers and drug abusers in your lives. Guide them toward treatment or support groups if you can. And if they're impaired, don't let them get behind the wheel.