I have been preliminarily thinking about possible topics. For my safety schools I will plan to write a conservative, ordinary personal statement. But for my reach schools, I am thinking of ways to grab their attention. I have an Alcohol Related arrest which has since been expunged. But an explanation at some point will probably be necessary in the application, so I have thought of playing the recovering alcoholic card. I believe I can justify things such as criminal history and meteocre grades while presenting an intriguing story. Furthermore, I will be able to touch on my weaknesses without highlighting them. So even though I may be an alcoholic, I am in no means recovering. Admissions doesn't need to know this. But nevertheless, it can make for an eye-catching PS. But the question I have is, will admission look down upon alcoholism? Or will they accept recovery and see it as a positive attribute to my character? I would appreciate any input.