Essay on The Movie ' Flight '

1494 Words Feb 15th, 2016 6 Pages
The term alcoholism has been misused over the years as a vague, poorly understood and most often morally flavoured term. In various media outlets such as film, music and television, alcohol is often associated with success, physical attractiveness, romance, and sociability. Very often, the media sidesteps negative repercussions of substance abuse. This can influence individuals to have a stronger desire to drink as they have an attitude towards alcohol that is more favourable. As a result, alcoholism has been ranked as the most harmful drug compared to others (Nutt 2012). The movie “Flight” draws away from the media’s represented norm of alcoholism, as it tells the story of a self-aware functioning alcoholic that finds himself in high-stress situations. This paper will offer an analysis on the film “Flight” by focusing on the bio-psycho-social plus approach to addiction.
Alcoholism can be defined as a chronic condition in which an individual is physically and/or psychologically dependent on alcohol. An individual with this condition is unable to control or quit drinking, experiences withdrawal feelings when not under the influence, and continues to drink despite the increase in feelings of depression. William “Whip” Whitaker played by Denzel Washington in “Flight”, experiences an array of these symptoms within the first few minutes of the film. The movie “Flight”, directed by Robert Zemeckis, tells the story of a veteran commercial airline pilot that battles an…

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