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Alcoholism and Family

I came from a family of alcoholics where my Mother, Brother, Sister and Grandfather are heavy drinkers. I have been struggling with my own drinking for 17 years now. I recently got a DUI and have been forced to live with them until I get my driving license back. Since I moved back in I have been drinking more and more heavily than ever before. With my childhood sexual, emotional and physical abuse issues stemming also from my family, should I completely alienate myself from them after I move out? Is this what it would take for me to help myself to stay sober?

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