Drinking is a recreational lifestyle choice.
Alcoholism is when that choice becomes a necessary evil: an addiction.
A chronic illness like multiple Sclerosis does not start out being a recreational choice!
An alcoholic is ill, both mentally and physically but they have to finish what they themselves started.
It seems Jimmy Greaves speaks the most sense on this. Gazza should not be canonised. We have seen his talent but by what definition is he 'a good man' as a few have said on this forum?