The Impact Of Alchoholism Essay

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Maria Saldivar Period 1 September 22, 2011 The Impact of Alcoholism I stood in the hallway peering with one eye past the wall hoping that she wouldn’t see me watching her. Although I couldn’t see her face, I could hear my grandmothers long, heavy sobs. She sat before me with a Budweiser in her hand and about four empty cans scattered along the green carpet. That was nothing though. Before the night ended, she would have gone through almost an entire twelve pack, if not more. I tried to keep as quiet as possible so that she wouldn’t turn around and notice me, but it was almost impossible to hold back the tears. I knew she was going through a rough time with her husband, so I said nothing to her about it, but that’s what led to her development of alcoholism. Alcoholism is when a person becomes noticeably addicted and dependant on alcohol to make them feel better. A person with alcoholism refuses to stop drinking despite all of the problems and responsibilities they have. Today 1 out of 6 people in the United States suffer from some sort of drinking problem. My grandmother was one of those people. My grandmother and I were very close. We went everywhere together. Usually it was at a celebration of some sort that a friend of hers had invited us to. I never thought much of her drinking when we would go to barbecues and parties. I kind of thought it was just something adults did. Usually, she was the life of the party and I admired that about her. She always had a smile on her face out in public; therefore I did too. Little did most people know that she was being abused, not only psychologically but physically by her husband. I never could call him my grandpa. Once when I stayed with her during summer, I witnessed her and her husband having a very heated argument. I had run into the house from playing outside and became frightened when I realized what was going

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