If you're no longer powerless over alcohol, and you have a choice, (of course, you didn't mention "choice over what other choices?")... perhaps you're no longer alcoholic. And, if you're no longer alcoholic -- are you enjoying a nice drinkie poo right now?
If I was no longer alcoholic -- I'd enjoy pouring myself another drink!
For me, yes, I'll always have a choice. That's part of what makes me human and alcoholic. God isn't going to keep my arm from bending if I decide to have a drink.
Today, even with God's help... I'm still as powerless over alcohol... as I was when I had my last drink on Nov. 14th 1986.
Naturally, I'm not recommending that you drink... anymore than I recommend me, or any other alcoholic to have a drink.
God gave me the 12 Step Power-Tools... so that, if I continue to use them... I can "choose" to do the work necessary so that I don't have to take a drink.
If I unplug myself from the Tools... I'm screwed. No doubt about it.
I used to think that I was given life "One Day At A time"... until I discovered by observing others die around me... that Life isn't given one day at a time. Life is One Moment At A Time... One Heart Beat At A Time... and One Breath At A Time.
Recovered, for me... means that I am sober Right Now.... and doesn't mean that I'm sober tomorrow... because the rest of today is a mystery and all that I have is Right Now.
I don't live in fear of drinking this evening and I'm not afraid that I'll drink right now. But, I've known other alcoholics that were sober longer than I've been sober... and probably had a greater quality of sobriety than I have... that went back to drinking before their "Day At A Time" was over... and they died drinking. So, is it possible that I could be drinking later today??? You betcha! I'm no better at being an alcoholic than the new guy or girl that hasn't sobered up yet.
For me, "Powerless over alcohol" means that "I'm powerless over staying sober".
It doesn't mean that I'm "Powerless over taking the actions" that will keep me sober. And, "I have a choice"... to "continue taking the actions that keep me sober"... or, I'll automatically be drinking.... because I'm Powerless over staying sober... That, is what makes me alcoholic.