I'm not going to encourage anyone to become an alcoholic. Alcoholism is a serious disease and I have seen what the effects of this condition can do to families and relationships. On the other hand, I'm not going to say that drinking is a bad thing. Every person has to set his or her own limits.
My dad had this old man who worked for him. The man would work 10 to 12 hours a day doing hard physical labor. Before my father took him home, the old man had to be taken to the liquor store to get a bottle of whatever he was drinking at the time.
He worked hard all day, went home and drank more than his share and then when my father went to pick him up first thing the next morning, the old man was ready to go. Some days he had a hangover, but he made it to work.
Technically, I guess he was an alcoholic, but he was a functioning alcoholic, and he didn't harm anyone else. By the way, he lived to be 92 years old, and he was up and moving about until the day he died.