BizGenGirl, I'm very interested in the question that you raise. I had an uncle who was an alcoholic. And I had a wake-up call several years ago.
I'd read about the putative health benefits of a glass of red wine with supper. I tried it, and enjoyed it. After several months of having a nightly glass of wine, I felt like having a second glass. Eventually, I had a jones for half a bottle per night. Then my inner voice chimed in, "Hey, wait a minute!"
I was never a real alcoholic, but I felt that I was at risk. Since that epiphany, I've tried to be more mindful of how food, exercise, and everything else affects my well being in general--including my tolerance for alcohol.
At the moment, the idea of having a drink is slightly repulsive. And I have a good idea why.
As a person with Sensory Integration Dysfunction, I've found that my continually evolving Sensory Diet has been very helpful, in many ways. By the way, the touchy-feely, New Age, shotgun approach is meaningless for me.
If I wanted to get together with a friend for a drink tomorrow (which I haven't done for a long time), I know what steps I could take in order to tolerate the alcohol. Again, I'm not an alcoholic, and I'm not on any kind of bandwagon.
I'd like to have some kind of forum where I could discuss what works for me, as an at-risk non-alcoholic, and see if I can be helpful to people who are less fortunate than I am, in that respect.