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    Do not approve of alcohol

    Hi guys,

    Please check "I do not approve of alcohol"

    "My parents do not/didn't/used not to approve of alcohol"

    There is one more question. "How to stop being alcoholic". Does it mean person is addicted and how he can stop taking alcohol"?

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    Re: Do not approve of alcohol

    Hi guys,

    Please check "I do not approve of alcohol".

    "My parents do not/didn't/used not to approve of alcohol".

    There is one more question. "How to stop being alcoholic". Does it mean the person is addicted and how can he can stop taking drinking alcohol"?

    "I do not approve of alcohol" is grammatically correct but I wonder if it wouldn't be better as "I do not approve of drinking alcohol". I find it unnatural to actually disapprove of a substance. Presumably, you do not drink alcohol and you don't like people who do.

    If your parents used not approve of [drinking] alcohol but now they do approve, then your sentence is fine. If their opinion has not changed, then just say "My parents don't approve of [drinking] alcohol." Most people will assume that that has always been their opinion.

    "How to stop being alcoholic" doesn't work. A person is an alcoholic. The only thing that can stop being alcoholic is alcohol! I don't think you would have much success if you shouted at a bottle of wine "Stop being alcoholic!" Your sentence would only work if it was the title of a piece of writing or of a chapter in a book, ie:

    How to stop being an alcoholic:
    1. Recognise that you are an alcoholic.
    2. Join AA.
    3. Throw away all alcohol in your house.

    If you want to ask a question, it would be "I think I'm an alcoholic. How can I stop drinking alcohol?" or something similar.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Do not approve of alcohol

    I think the reigning thought on the subject is that people do not stop being alcoholics. They can learn to abstain, but they will always be someone who has a predilection for the stuff.

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    Re: Do not approve of alcohol

    You are absolutely right. I should have pointed out that I did not agree with the sentiment while I was correcting the post. I believe that alcoholics in treatment (or not) always refer to themselves as alcoholics, even if they haven't had a drink in ten days, ten weeks, ten years or fifty years.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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