A New Leaf By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Abuse on Alcohol “A New Leaf” By F. Scott Fitzgerald Alcohol abuse can cause so many affects on a person’s life. “Alcohol kills more teenagers than all other drugs combined. It is a factor in the three leading causes of death among 15- to 24-year-olds: accidents, homicides and suicides.” With those statics right now, it is more than obvious that alcohol is abused way more often than it needs to be. Just like in the story “A New Leaf” the character Dick Ragland has a serious drinking problem where he will drink all night till the next morning. “There in the outer hall stood a man whom she thought she had never seen before. His face was dead white and erratically shaven, his soft hat was crushed bunlike on his head, his shirt collar was dirty, and all except the band of his tie was out of sight.” (Fitzgerald). This quote from the story where Dick shows up at Julia’s door after being out all night drinking is an example of alcohol abuse. Statics, signs, and treatment all have to do with alcohol abuse. “Nearly 88,000 people (approximately 62,000 men and 26,000 women) die from alcohol-related causes annually, making it the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States.” (niaaa.nih.gov). In “A New Leaf” at the end of the story, Dick Ragland dies. He did not have Julia anymore and he did not have alcohol anymore and he decided that he could not do it anymore with out alcohol so he took his own life at sea. “Alcohol is involved over a quarter of all suicides
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