One of the great myths propagated by many teetotalism preachers is that all should abstain from drinking ANY AT ALL because it is so dangerously addictive and you are so VERY likely to become an alcoholic if you ever take the first drink. But Forbes magazine published a study that said: TWO BILLION people!! That means that more than 19 out of 20 people drink and are not considered to have a problem. The chances of you NOT becoming an alcoholic when you drink is greater than 95%. Now we don't know what Forbes considers a problem. But I think it is reasonable to say that Forbes magazine is not written by idiots. Their definition of problem, though it may not be identical to yours, is not going to be far off, if you are intelligent. The W. H. O. probably does not consist of morons either. Now consider this. It is without a doubt that MANY, if not MOST of those 76 million people out of TWO BILLION drink TO GET DRUNK. A large percentage of those people NEVER SET OUT TO DRINK RESPONSIBLY. From the START many, if not MOST, of them SET OUT to party hard and get drunk and many of them have every intention of getting soused nearly every weekend. I grew up with drunks. They became alcoholic because THEY NEVER HAD MODERATION AS A GOAL TO BEGIN WITH!!! So though the number of people who drink and become alcoholics is amazingly low ANYWAY- when you factor in the fact that MANY NEVER SOUGHT TO DRINK MODERATELY into the equation- the number of people who became alcoholics because they had every intention of drinking responsibly while surrounding themselves only with other people who only intended to drink responsibly- Well.... I think that number is miniscule. I don't think that 1 in a million drinkers who only hang out with responsible drinkers and who only intend forever to EVER drink moderately- becomes an alcoholic. It MIGHT be 1 in 2 million- but I doubt it.