Alcoholism and Its Effects on a Family

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Alcoholism and Its Effects on a Family

Alcoholism, although thought mostly of its impact on the alcoholic themselves, it is also a very present problem in the ruining of his or her friends and their families lives. Someone who may be a fully functional, great person to his or her family may be extremely dangerous, dishonest, and destructive while they are under the influence of alcohol. This instance occurs in "The Glass Castle" with Rex Walls and also occurs regularly in our society today, such as abusive parents, and husbands. Without alcohol Rex was intelligent, responsible, honest, and a overall respectable father figure, but when under the influence he would bring his entire family down mentally and physically. Alcoholism's effects can indirectly abuse a family because of the immense change in behavior and discombobulate the family's daily life in many ways. When Rex promises Jeanette that he will quit drinking entirely for her birthday, Jeannette believes him. Sooner than later this promise is broken and Jeanette is mentally wounded from the let down she endured by Rex. "I couldn't believe he had gone back to the booze"(Walls 23), Jeanette says after being disgusted with her father's dishonest false claim of a complete withdrawal of any alcoholic beverage. Alcoholism will not only bring down yourself but will also bring your entire family on the rollercoaster of pain and suffering.

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...term effects from her father. Although she is now successful, she will never be able to forget her resentful past. The girl from the article was traumatized from what happened and will never be the same again. Alcoholism is an ongoing problem that needs to be ended in families because starvation, abuse, and mental problems will be forever alive in children suffering from parents who are alcoholics. If alcohol was not present in either family then both fathers would have been able to satisfy all of the family's needs because of all the great qualities that they possessed when not drinking alcohol. Alcoholism is an ongoing problem that needs to be ended so that families can escape unfortunate situations and not become even worse. If this problem can be lessened then less families and children will be distressed each year.
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