Alcoholism and the Effects on Family Essay

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Chris Landry
Prof. Horowitz
Synthesis Essay
Alcoholism and the 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
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" The fact was that, although Dad was only fifty- nine, he had been smoking four packs of cigarettes a day since he was thirteen, and by this time he was also putting away a good two quarts of booze daily. He was, as he had put it many a time, completely pickled."(Walls 278- 279) Considering the circumstances Rex Walls was fortunate that he had lived as long as he did.' Although alcohol plays a substantial part in physical and mental destruction, it also has caused Rex and a cornucopia of other alcoholics to be dishonest and break promises. The most essential promise was that he would construct a Glass castle for their family to reside in. His family completely doubted that this task would ever be accomplished because he had never amounted to anything he said he would do because of the alcohol. The one person who had faith in him was his dearest daughter, Jeanette. Instead of using his time and money to do something he promised or anything that would be productive, he used his money and time to purchase alcohol and get canned. He could not manage to put enough food on the table for his family and give them the essentials that they deserve. Jeanette put her faith in his withdrawal from drinking and he could not even keep that promise. "When drinking turns serious; Alcohol abuse wreaks havoc on careers, loved ones"(Laur) is an article describing the need for alcohol compared to the preference of it. Laur
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