My parents' alcoholism, to be brutally honest. People say you can never learn from other peoples' mistakes. I find that it is complete crap. While I do drink, it's never ever very often, usually on my birthday and while I'm barbequing. Which, I can honestly say, is during the summer. I'm a Montanan, but I'm not crazy enough to barbeque while it's -18 F out there. I never let the drinks take control. There are a few times where this isn't true, but that's the exception that proves the rule. If they were never alcoholics, I don't know where I'd be today. To be perfectly honest, I don't have the tastes to be the other side of the coin, so I still don't think I'd overindulge.