Alcoholism does not discriminate.
Yes, there are certain populations that have a greater percentage of alcoholics than others. For instance, Native Americans and homosexuals are two groups which are more affected by alcoholism while inner city youth have an increased chance of becoming drug addicted. Then, of course, you always have your CIA – Catholic Irish Alcoholics.
However, the image of the bum sitting under the bridge clutching his bottle of Thunderbird (cleverly disguised in a brown paper bag, of course) is not representative of alcoholics today. In 1939, Bill Wilson noticed the diversity already present in AA, “All sections of this country and many of its occupations are represented, as well as many political, economic, social, and religious backgrounds.” In the years since that was written, alcoholics have come out of the woodwork all over the world (even those dry Middle Eastern countries) and can be found in any occupation, any social standing, any religion, any anywhere.
My name is Laurie and I am a gainfully employed, intelligent, middle class, white, Christian mother of two raised in a small Midwestern town and I am an alcoholic. I don’t fit the mold. The more alcoholics I meet, the more I realize there is no mold. This disease can strike anybody anywhere and it will take down anyone, no matter how strong.