The four stories that follow have been selected to represent a range. They include, for example, the stories of both young women and men, of those with fathers and with mothers with drinking problems, those whose childhoods appear to have been seriously disturbed as a result and those less so, and those for whom transition to adulthood has been difficult and others for whom it has been apparently problem-free. Other than being selected to represent this range, they have been chosen at random from the project files. From our experience of interviewing over 160 young adults who had had parents with drinking problems, none of these four accounts is particularly unusual.