Dave's way ahead of you. He's admitted he's afflicted with the disease. It's not a scarlet letter. Its a disease.<quoted text>
Yes, Bee, many people are born alcoholics due to a inherited gene.
But more important, I think ru's categorization of Dave as an alcoholic is way off.
By self admission, Dave is a binge drinker. BUT..he has never indicated that he cannot function without alcohol or that he imbides everyday. Quite to the contrary, he holds a huge responsibility in the terms of his employment and is never secretative about when he is having a few drinks. True alcoholics are will to any length to cover up their condition.
He's also nice and well liked. Something ru and che will never take away from him. Hence, their attacks.