Monday, January 17

Alcoholism can have negative impact on quality of life

People that suffer from alcoholism tend to be violent while under the influence

Alcohol can turn into abuse, which can become an ugly addiction. In most cases people are not aware of how alcohol can affect themselves or even others around them.

Andre Johnson, 23, a former student who attended Lincoln University never thought he would become a victim of alcoholism; he became a victim without even knowing.

At nine-years old, Johnson, witnessed his father staggering through the door drunk almost every night after work. Johnson’s grandmother always look after him, since his mother passed away.

Johnson’s father started to excessively drink after his mother passed away. “He had been stressed ever since that day. I hardly seen him,” said Johnson.

Johnson’s father, who stopped drinking after finding help from a rehabilitation center, has now been sober for about 18 years, but it affected Johnson in a way that he began to repeat his father’s habit.

Andre expressed that he started a little before he attended college, but it wasn’t bad then. Johnson also stated that when someone tells you don’t let your college career go in vain, you should listen because that’s what happened to him for a couple of semesters.

“I really knew I needed to get help when I got into a fight with a random student. I’m just not that type of person,” said Johnson.

Johnson said that he didn’t even remember the things that happened the night that he got into the altercation with the student, but he said he regrets it.

“People, especially college student’s drink either because they’re bored, stressed or to fit in. I drank because of those same reasons but I did it just to drink,” Johnson said.

Johnson said once his father seen that image of what he used to be, he tried to help him.

“Unlike my father, I had someone in my household to help me. I wanted alcohol for all the wrong reasons, and it made me do stupid things. I’m glad I stopped,” Johnson said.

Shayna Breeland, psychology major said “I know a lot of students that abuse liquor on a daily basis, there needs to be some kind of treatment service on and off campus to help these individuals.”

People who suffer from alcoholism have symptoms such as drinking alone, becoming violent when drinking, hiding their illness and more.

“Sometimes alcohol is hidden. That’s how things get carried away. It’s kind of a family secret,” said, psychology professor, Penelope Kinsey.

According to Jackie Burrell, alcohol use is a continuing problem on most college campuses, where nearly 73% of the students drink at least occasionally, according to the Core Institute, the United States’ largest national statistics database on alcohol and drug use by college students.

Professor Kinsey also stated that college students that participate in what they call, “thirsty Thursday’s” are the ones who began to have a pattern. She said they start to drink every day and that’s called binge drinking; which is not good.

Binge drinking, is defined as consuming five or more drinks in a row for men, and four or more drinks in a row for women.

Joe Monroe graduating senior, psychology major stated “I think alcoholism is detrimental to your health and hinders you from focusing on daily life tasks.”

There are a lot of opportunities to get help, whether it’s from the Alcoholics Anonymous, a mentor or your family. “You can’t help those who don’t want to be helped, but if you love that person enough, you can try,” Johnson said.


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