Often, when a drunk driver receives a DUI from the police, it's a wake-up call or a sign of finally hitting bottom with one's drinking.
When a driver receives his second DUI, it's a sign of hitting an ever lower bottom, and judges routinely sentence offenders to court-mandated Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
Millions of alcoholics realize the extent of their problem when they receive their first DUI. It's tangible proof that their drinking has gone too far and has negatively affected their judgment.
As a member of Al-Anon who attends regular meetings at a club primarily for AA members, I know of dozens of men and women whom the courts have sent to AA after they received DUI's.
If Dick Cheney was telling the truth about having a beer at lunch before he shot his hunting buddy, then he is obviously still drinking after receiving not one but two DUI's.
We already know Bush had to swear off drinking in his 40's, when Laura issued him an ultimatum.
We also know he is not into any type of recovery program.
When a drunk simply stops drinking without delving into the reasons he drank to begin with, he is called a dry drunk, and his thinking is still warped and often delusional.
So what we have in the White House is a dry drunk at the helm, with an active drunk as his first mate.
If anyone wonders what life looks like with drunks in charge, look no further than the Bush administration.
With at least three DUI's between them, Bush and Dick are two very sick men who are dragging the rest of us down with them.
We Al-Anons are taught to leave the drunks to their own peril, and allow them the dignity to find their own rock bottom.
It's a little harder to do when the drunks in question are the most powerful duo in the world.
All the rest of us can do is pray.