Below is a collection of quotes from people in the spotlight. Many people in the spotlight have been addicts and had a lot to say about the disease, both good and bad. Some of these people succumbed to the addiction and are no longer with us. It gives a lot of these quotes that much more meaning.

A man who drinks too much on occasion is still the same man as he was sober. An alcoholic, a real alcoholic, is not the same man at all. You can’t predict anything about him for sure except that he will be someone you never met before.

Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye

Alcohol ruined me financially and morally, broke my heart and the hearts of too many others. Even though it did this to me and it almost killed me and I haven’t touched a drop of it in seventeen years, sometimes I wonder if I could get away with drinking some now. I totally subscribe to the notion that alcoholism is a mental illness because thinking like that is clearly insane.

Craig Ferguson, American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot

The mentality and behavior of drug addicts and alcoholics is wholly irrational until you understand that they are completely powerless over their addiction and unless they have structured help, they have no hope.

Russell Brand

When you quit drinking you stop waiting.

Caroline Knapp, Drinking: A Love Story