Socialstigmais the extreme disapproval of, or discontent with, a person on the grounds of characteristics that distinguish them from other members of a society.
What I find ironic is that the general public sometimes views recovering alcoholics as being weak and mentally unstable, but in my opinion, recovering alcoholics that have been in recovery for years are by far the strongest, most peaceful, stable and grounded individuals I’ve ever met. I admire them greatly and hope to have even a small portion of their wisdom in years to come. If you doubt the strength of a recovering alcoholic, try to stop drinking for a year. Most people can’t live without alcohol as their social lubricant.