A number of emails -- angry emails -- about this post from just a couple of days past.
Some were scolding, some shaming (one particularly mocking), but all focused on the idea that saying one is an alcoholic is some sort of dodge -- a way to avoid responsibility for, well... everything.
When I say I am an alcoholic -- and when I talk about not regretting the past -- what I mean is that I am not blaming myself for who and how I am; I am not reviewing my life in such a way as to compare myself to someone else (or to some mythical, idealized fantasy version of my past self) who is not an alcoholic. I am not grieving (which can actually be, in this case, a form of self obsession, but let's not open that particular can of worms right now) all of the would-have's and should-have's.
But it is not any sort of free pass from taking responsibility for what I did while under the influence of alcohol -- or under the influence of my alcoholism.