Alcoholism Essay, Research Paper
My bookreport is about living with someone
who drinks too much. I chose this topic because hit its very close to home.
In the book that I read it tells about other children who are or have grown
up with an alcoholic parent. I learned alot about acoholism which is what
makes you an alcoholic. I also learned about what some kids go through
while growing up. This book tells you how to deal with someone who is an
alcoholic and how to deal with your self as well.
This book was very interesting and I really
enjoyed it. First I would like to point out that kids who live with a parent
that drinks all of the time feel as thogh they are the reason why that
person drinks all the time. Children often tell that person that they do
not like them when they have been drinking. The first chapter in my book
was about a girl named Amy who wanted to tell her story about her mother
that drank too much. She writes in here about her quite spot which was
her room. She went there when her mother was drinking because often her
mother was not herself. She tells about how she first noticed that her
mother was not like other mothers when she went to other peoples homes.
The next chapters explain what acoholism is. It is a disease that when
a person wants to quite drinking can not.
First of all you will notice that an alcoholic
will often gulp their drinks, they can probably drink alot before the get
drunk, they may stay drunk for several days, they will also have a favirote
drink, and mya change their favirote drink to another. They may also hide
thier drinking. Acoholism is an illness and is very sick. It is very hard
for an alcoholic to stop drinking because they are afraid to and they know
how they feel when they do not drink. Alcoholics usually try to stop drinking
because they maybe have hurt someone they love or may also be on the verge
of losing their job.
People who stop drinking sometimes may
have to go to the hospital for a period of time this is called detoxification.
This is the best way for treatment when it is hard for them to stop.
The withdrawl symptoms are things such
as shaking, sweating, fever, pains and nausea. These can be severe and
dagerous to that persons health. After detoxification comes rehabilitation
this is a period of time which the person starts to recover mentally and
physically. Most alcoholics will go to AA meetings during this time. This
is where they can go and meet other alcoholics just like them. You may
want to go to Alateen where you will meet other children that are also
dealing with a parent who is recovering from alcoholism. Most alcoholics
have lost there place in the family and by going to these meetings they
will learn that they are going to have to gain that place back. What if
that parent goes back to drinking? That is called a setback or a slip those
are very common. Most children will be disappointed with their parent but
you must understand that it is very hard.
Life with your family is the hardest thing
when living with an alcoholic. Living with an alcoholic is very diffrent
then living with out one. You must be ready to expect the unexpected. An
alcoholic is very unpredictable. One day you may be in trouble and the
next day they will act as though nothing ever happend. They may also forget
what they have told you. Children of an alcoholic learn to live one day
at a time and accept that rules and plans will change almost daily. You
will also notice that there is alot of fighting and emotional neglect.
Some alcoholics my get violent and use vulgar language often. Money is
also a big issue. You may need money for something and they will not have
it because the alcohol is the most important thing to them. You will find
that if you want to have money for yourself that you have to earn it on
The other parent is often not an alcoholic
and is very confused and unhappy about their life. The reason for this
is they did not think that this is the way life would be. They may also
ask you to go and get the other parent from the bar or put you in the middle
they do not mean to hurt you and it is not your fault they just need some
help. If you are living with an alcoholic do not pretend that you are not
you have to find someone to talk with it will be better for your own health
if you talk to someone that you can trust. You also need to tell your parents
how you feel. Build up your own world by getting a job, being in sports
and getting good grades. Do not pretend that everything is fine and that
it is normal at your home. Also remember that if you have a parent that
is an alcoholic that it is more likely that you will also be one.
I really enjoyed this book because it has
helped me understand that I am not the only person that is living with
an alcoholic and that I must also help with the problem. I think that if
you wanted to know more about alcoholism that this would be a book to read
because it has alot of interesting facts in it.
This is a checklist to find out if alcohol
is a problem for you:
1. Are you ever absent from school because
2. Do you need to drink to make you feel
better around other people?
3. Do you ever hid your beer, liquor,
4. Do you feel braver when you drink?
5. Do you ever drink alone?
6. Do you drink as a way to stop worring?
7. Do you feel guilty about your drinking?
8. Do you get upset when anyone says you
drink to much?
9. Is it necessary for you to drink in
order to have fun?
10. Does drinking make you feel equal
to other kids?
Those are just some quetions to ask yourself
if you think that alcohol is a problem for you. If you answered yes to
one or more than it may become a problem in the future or may already be