Essay on The Glass Castle, By Jeannette Walls

1088 Words Oct 25th, 2015 5 Pages
When One is No Longer Enough Just one become only two, which than leads to number three that will be the last… so they say and apparently so will the one after that, after that, and after that until they can physical drink no more. For some, this might happen on their twenty first birthday or only once, but for many people in the world this happens every month, every week, or even every day. “Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the U.S. 17.6 million people, or one in every 12 adults, suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence” (“Alcohol”). The need and overdose of alcohol is called alcoholism. This addiction causes pain, anger, and loss of control all over the world. One might say, “I can handle myself. I am just fine,” but we all know they are not fine because most of the time they are causing hurt around them. In Jeannette Walls’ memoir, The Glass Castle, her father, Rex Walls, is an example of one of these 17.6 million alcoholics and this disease affects the family in multiple ways. Rex became a substance abuser when he let the substance become “so crucial” that he was “willing to risk other important aspects of life in order to have the substance” (“Alcohol”). Rex puts many important aspects of his family’s life after the importance of alcohol. Let’s just say, Rex spends five dollars a day on alcohol, which I would assume he was actually spending more, that is around $2,000 a year in alcohol alone. This need for alcohol puts the needs of his family…

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