Alcoholism An Addiction In The Glass Castle By Jeannette Walls

1324 Words 6 Pages
Laura Key
Lindholm
English 3
25 January 2016
Alcoholism is an Addiction
Over 20 million Americans are addicted to drugs and alcohol, are you one of them? Roughly only 11 percent of the people will receive treatment for their addiction. That’s nearly nothing. Jeannette Walls wrote the book “The Glass Castle” to show readers how her life was really like when she was growing up. Having a father that is an alcoholic, Walls really understands what a lot of families are going through, she constantly moved houses due to her dad not being able to hold down a job long enough for them to stay in one place. Many people today, are affected with the abuse and misuse of alcohol and any other addictions, such as drugs, smoking, etc., addictions are not always
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More than likely, if you have an alcoholic in your family, you will probably become one yourself. Scientist have proven that genetics is the biggest key for people being alcoholics. Males have more of an effect than females do on alcoholism, roughly “one-fourth of the sons of alcoholics become alcoholics themselves.”(Blaser). There are many ways to help you not have an alcoholic problem when you get older, such as getting help from family members or even a really good friend of yours. If your alcoholic addiction gets worse and worse you always have the option to go to a rehabilitation center, if you really want the help you will take the next step and go. Whenever you drink alcohol it enters the body and then it’s “rapidly absorbed from the stomach and distributed to all parts of the body in the blood”(Blaser). Alcoholism comes in effect through stages, the first stage is the “early (adaptive) stage”(Blaser). In this stage, alcoholism is very hard to detect, a person in this stage could drink heavily and remain very functional. As the stages progress, the symptoms will gradually get worse too. Some people might not call alcoholism an addiction, but if you are a serious alcoholic then your addiction is alcoholic …show more content…
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