Essay about alcoholism

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     Alcoholism has devastating effects not only to society, but also to the family structure. Alcohol dependence develops differently in each individual. But certain symptoms characterize the illness, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). An alcoholic separates them self from almost all social situations and consumes his/her self in having another drink or thinking about their next drink. Seventy six million Americans, about 43% of the U.S. adult population, have been exposed to alcoholism in the family (NIAAA) . I have first-hand experience dealing with an alcoholic because my father was one until his death on July 2,nd 2004.
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They suffer from impaired control, an inability to stop drinking once they have begun. Alcoholics also become physically dependent on alcohol (National Institutes of Health). That same year I could not come home for Christmas due to a job and my father told me that if I couldn’t come home, then he guessed there would be no Christmas that year. My mother and my grandparents immediately told me that they would come. When my mom returned home, she moved out of the house and never returned. She couldn’t take his attitude, drinking and verbal abuse anymore. The drinking had become more severe than I knew and no matter what anyone told my father, he just wouldn’t listen or care.
     During my final semester in school, I took an internship at an elderly and disabled housing facility for low income people. During my internship, I assisted many different types of drug addicts and alcoholics which I helped so they could receive proper attention and medicines. Almost one in five adult Americans (18%) lived with an alcoholic while growing up.
     When I returned home after my graduation, which my father had not come to, I saw him for the first time in almost a year. My emotions that day were unexplainable, for I knew just from looking at him and the appearance of his body that his struggle with alcoholism was

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