Just asking

Dear Queenie,

  I’m an alcoholic in Alcoholics Anonymous. A lot of my relatives are very judgmental about me being an alcoholic, but lots of them are very fat and even have heart trouble or other health problems because of it.

  Queenie, why is it sinful to be addicted to alcohol but not sinful to be addicted to food?—Just asking

Dear Just asking,

  An addiction is not being able to control your appetite for whatever you are addicted to – drugs, alcohol, food, gambling, sex, whatever. However, some of these things – food, for example, and sex if you want children – are a necessary part of life, which makes it impossible to give them up entirely and much harder to control by stopping when you have had enough. That is not an excuse for overdoing things, mind you, but an unhappy fact.