Alcoholism by M.M.

   In a blink of an eye everything turned dark, the sound of all the steel bending and crushing under the impact the glass shattering, flying into the bodies that got tossed around like mannequins. I remember I was watching tv on my coach when my dad walked in, I knew something was wrong just by his vibe, then I saw his eyes they were watery as if he wanted to cry. This was the first time I’d ever seen this, this is the guy that’s always telling me that men don’t cry, now he’s here with watery eyes, no doubt in my mind something bad happened. He said my youngest uncle Manny was in the hospital after he crashed into a semi truck, lucky he was going to be fine but he did have to get pieces of glass pulled out of his head but their cousin Angel didn’t make it. He died at the scene, they were both in their early twenties, they had been out drinking and partying all night, my uncle decided to drive under the influence, which almost cost him his live.

     I’ve met quite a few people with alcohol problems one of them beginning my other uncle, a few year ago he was in the hospital because he got a liver infection because of drinking. I remember my aunt she couldn’t sleep.  My uncle has been drinking since he was young, he was born and raised in a little farm town in mexico where everyone drank I’m talking from 9 year olds to 80 year olds, it was the normal thing to to do there. These little town doesn’t have much money, it’s very old fashioned . My great grandpa, grandpa, uncles, even my dad were heavy drinkers too sometimes they’d drink all night,  so it kinda ran in the family it was something normal something that happened every day.

     I’m not afraid of becoming an alcoholic because even though it runs in the family we all make our choices. My cousin saw what his dad went through and says he’s never going to drink because he doesn’t want to end up like my uncle. I don’t want to become an alcoholic either and I pretty sure I won’t because I can turn it down not like others. I am rarely ever around it anyways so I don’t have any temptations. I interviewed my cousin about my uncle and how they dealt with his alcoholism. He said my uncle wasn’t there for him much because he’d be working or drinking all the time. That it was like having two dads because his personalities were so different from sober to drunk. That he was very unattentive, not very understanding and mean when he was drunk but when he was sober he was the complete opposite. I love my uncle he’s a great guy that all due to alcohol he drove his family away and it’s very sad.

   On the rocks is one of the only books I’ve ever read, it was short and easy but it was also very interesting. Most of it was just statistics but the helped show how big of a problem this was, it was on teens and their addiction to alcohol, I found it interesting because I am a teen and I have meet peers that drink I wouldn’t say they are addicted but some do use it. There is quite a few factors that can lead to addiction, for example it can be passed down from parents. If your parents are alcoholics it’s very likely you will too. A teenager may not know he is addicted until it’s too late maybe after a night at the hospital or after an accident. In the book it talked about how one teenager drank so much he blacked out went to the hospital and never woke up. I think that as a teen we don’t realize the actual damage alcohol does, not just to the body up also to the people around you. I’ve seen people lose the respect and love of their own family because of alcohol or even worst the lose someone due to an accident. 30 percent of the U.S has had an alcohol-use disorder.

        My dad’s uncle lost everything because of alcohol, he lost his kids, wife and respect from and towards others. He now lives in a little room made un of adobe, by himself, he’s always drunk asking for money so he can go buy more beer. I personally don’t have any respect for this guy I don’t care if he’s my dad’s uncle, he’s done and said things that you wouldn’t believe, all under the influence of alcohol. No one respects him, not even the little kids in the town, it tears me apart that I have to share the same last name as him. Alcoholic doesn’t just ruin the person taking it it everyone around them too, it ruins everything.

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Alcoholism by J.M.

The definition of alcoholism is. The addiction to the consumption of alcoholic liquor, or the mental illness and compulsive behavior resulting from alcohol dependency. Alcoholism is a very serious thing. It can cause sickness, depression, or even death. one in every twelve adults suffer from alcoholism, and if you do the math that’s around 17.6 million people in the U.S that have this problem. Alcohol is a very addictive substance whether we know it or not and something must be done about it.

Alcohol can lead to health issues. Some of these  issues include hypoglycemia, Hypertension, brain damage, heart damage, and liver damage. With all of these crucial organs at stake one might  ask why people continue to drink. This is why alcoholism is so bad, it takes that choice away slowly killing you every time you take a sip. as a result of this downward spiral over 88,000 people die from alcohol in the U.S, and up to 40% of hospital beds excluding intensive care beds are used to treat people with conditions related to alcohol consumption.  The saddest part about this is that these symptoms are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to alcoholism. There are over 30 other severe symptoms that are attached to alcoholism. So with all of these problems there has to be a solution right?

Alcoholism can be treated  numerous ways. If you have the willpower you can conquer alcoholism on your own. The simplest way to solve alcoholism is to just stop drinking it. When alcoholics try to go abstinent 50% of them are free of the addiction by the end of the year. But what aBout the other 50%  that simply can’t stop drinking, for these people there are other ways to solve this problem. There is the three step plan that includes detoxification, rehabilitation, and maintenance of sobriety. Following these steps along with social support from family and friends. Most alcoholics recover and go back to living their healthy lives. Of course the best way to avoid alcoholism is to not be around alcohol at all.  

Avoiding alcoholism can be very tricky, this is because it is part of our culture. Everywhere you look alcohol is very prevalent. It’s hard to get away from it because in this day in age kids are consuming alcohol at lower and lower ages. kids as young as 12 are beginning to consume alcohol such as liquor and beer. Why is this you might ask? Underage drinking has a lot to do with peer pressure. if you ask most kids they will say they started because their friends go them into it, or they just drink at parties. Either way the consumption of alcohol at such young ages are detrimental to one’s health. As already stating alcohol can cause major health issues like brain damage and heart damage. This is already very bad for the normal adult, but when you’re a kid, you’re practically disabling your future self. Brain damage and heart damage at that age can affect you for your whole life. The best solution to this problem would be hanging out with the right people, and realizing drinking doesn’t make you cool it disables you for life.

Alcoholism is a very serious addiction and should never be taken lightly. It affects all of your major organs and could possibly lead to death. Alcohol consumption as a kid is the biggest mistake you could make and should not be thrown around lightly either. Above all if you want to go out for a drink. do it just know your limits. Also if anyone you know is suffering from alcoholism call this number 866-949-7195. You could be the one to save a loved one’s life.