Among me and all of my friends , every single one of us has either been affected by alcoholism or dealt with an addiction personally. In the African-American community, one of the reasons alcoholism is so prevalent and often fatal is because we tend to not take it as seriously. Drunken fist fights, binges and blackouts are a Friday night with family and friends, not an indication of a problem. Witnessing several people in my family suffer from addiction I can attest to the fact alcoholism is a family disease: When one person suffers so does all who love them with secrets and shame and a feeling of helplessness. Alcohol attacks your life like a loose thread on a cheap dress: With every pull it slowly unravels until all that you’re left with something that doesn’t remotely resemble the life you once had. Check out the following signs that it’s all about to fall apart and one way to try and keep it all together.