Years ago when I was looking into nursing school, I asked one of the instructors if my history of alcoholism would be a problem. I'd been sober for over 2 years at that point, but I didn't want to waste a bunch of time and money going to college if I would be denied a license in the end. She told me, "It will NEVER be an issue with the board if you don't make it one".......in other words, don't ask, don't tell, and for God's sake don't go back to drinking!!
I'm happy to say that after all these years, it still isn't an issue.
If anything, my personal problems with ETOH have made me a better nurse, because when I tell a patient "It's gonna be hard, but you CAN stop this", I know whereof I speak. Not saying I've ever "saved" anyone from a life of drinking and drugging, but some of them do listen to me because I've been there.