Everyday I Fear of Becoming an Alcoholic

"He is still drinking to this day heavily and I haven’t seen him in awhile but I hope he can change that soon. I hope he can change his ways of drinking soon." Photo from Desicomments.

Sara Williams

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Everyday I fear that I am going to become an alcoholic. I grew up in an alcoholic family where my dad could barely go a day without having a drink. My mom taught me that drinking affects families more than it affects the drinkers themselves.  

I used to go to school everyday worried whether or not I was going to come home to my dad drunker than heck. I would come home and think to myself what did I do wrong, why do I have to deal with this? Why am I in this situation? How could someone want to do this to themselves and just continue doing so?

What drinkers so to themselves: Drunk Driving

As of December of 2015, 448,624 drivers have had one OWI attempt in Wisconsin.  The numbers greatly decrease as you get higher in the amount of OWI’s.  By the time you get to the fifth OWI  you are 1 of about 10,000 statewide.

My dad has been in a numerous amounts of OWI’s. He has served jail time for two of the five DUIsi he has been in, and is facing another charge of possibly going to jail, once again.

The Road to Becoming an Alcoholic

Binge drinking is one of the main roads to becoming an alcoholic. Binge drinking is where you drink until you basically pass out. Tell yourself that you are only having one drink, but it turns out that you end up drinking ten or more drinks per say. People repeatedly binge drink every day because they like the feeling of them drinking takes the pain away that they are feeling from but, is only temporary. On the road to becoming an alcoholic, you cannot control how much you drink, and you need to drink to function on a daily basis. According to the American Journal of Public Health, “Thirty nine of the 72 counties in Wisconsin are among the top 5 percent in the nation in terms of high binge drinking rates.”  

My dad drinks excessively, from a 12 pack of beer to a 36 pack of beer a day. But that is not all, he also drinks up to 2 to 3 bottles of hard liquor a day.

Alcohol and Health Effects

Some of the health effects that come along with alcoholism are that your liver will be damaged and will eventually shut down. You could possibly get mouth cancer, high blood pressure, along with experiencing digestion problems, or even heart disease. It also causes mental health effects such as depression, anger, problems, and bad anxiety.

My dad suffers from liver disease, and from bad depression, and anxiety. The way he deals with it is obviously drinking, but the worse it is the more and more he will drink.

Alcoholism and Family

The way my dad’s alcoholism impacted my family, he caused my mom and him to get a divorce back in 2010 because his drinking was taking over their marriage and he was becoming very verbally abusive towards both me and my mom. The way that I remember most from my life was him and my mom would always be yelling at each other non-stop for hours and hours on end.  They had split up at one point and I barely got to see my dad for those two months they had been split up. He would always be drinking on the weeks that he had both me and my sister, so I would basically be the one who was always taking care of her.  It got so bad to the point where I just decided to go live with my mom full time. It has affected my grandma as well because she would always say that he would stop it is going to be okay eventually he will stop. Deep down inside her it hurt her as much as it hurt me. Now he just considers me a mistake and really wants nothing to do with anyone in his family. He won’t talk to anyone. He wants more to do with his dog than his own kids.  

Alcohol can destroy a family, relationships with others, and it can affect how a child copes with her difficulties. Photo by Mercola.com.

Alcohol can destroy a family, relationships with others, and it can affect how a child copes with her difficulties. Photo by Mercola.com.

How to Get Help

You can always try and go through a detox center to try and get sober. You could go to the hospital for a couple of days, then start going to Alcohol Anonymous meetings as well. You could just try and stop drinking for a couple days and try coping with your depression in other ways such as take a walk, talk to family or friends, or even find a hobby.  

The ways my dad dealt with his drinking and depression was he went to rehab centers. He also went to the hospital and then tried alcoholics anonymous as well. He has met with numerous councliers.

He is still drinking to this day heavily and I haven’t seen him in awhile but I hope he can change that soon. I hope he can change his ways of drinking soon.  

 

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