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The effects of alcoholism

By: Uriah Lekin [Staff Writer]

Drinking problems have consumed every 6 out of 10 families here in the United States according to CNN.com. Not many children can escape the escapade their parents, guardians, and/or relatives have when they are drunk and have a drinking problem. Alcoholism affects everyone in a family, not just the person taking on the action of drinking.

If a person is the child of an alcoholic, they are more likely to become one if they dare to pick up a drink according to Alcoholics Anonymous. There are those who have found help and have arrested their drinking behaviors and live an average American life, but then there are those who don’t know or are ignorant of the fact of getting help or even asking for it. Young children and teens don’t deserve to be put through the drinking escapades because some have to deal with physical abuse, verbal, and/or even mental abuse from the drinker. According to Ala-Teen many teens and young children who go through those things and don’t get help have life long emotional problems and they end up like their parent or guardian or sometimes much worse.

Some think that problems like these shouldn’t be placed out in the open because not all have those problems. It does need to be placed out in the open because a parent might not be an alcoholic but their child’s friend down the street might have a alcoholic parent and suffer through those things and it’s up to that parent to help that child if no one else does.

Anyone can get help with these problems. If someone is an alcoholic they should go and get help from Alcoholics Anonymous, also known as AA, because they can help put them on the right track. AA isn’t just for alcoholics, it is also for older men and woman who have also suffered from the alcoholism from a relative or guardian. A child or teen should get help from Ala-Teen, which is for children of alcoholics. They will also get the help they need and be showed how to live a better life without alcoholism affecting them.

Meeting Places for Alcoholics Anonymous:

3224 NE Cedar Rapids Iowa, 52402, called the Fellowship Club

9:00 a.m. 10:00a.m Fellowship Monday thru Friday

5:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday at Fellowship

8:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday

Sunday 8:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m.

Meeting places for Ala-Teen:

Sunday at Fellowship club at 8:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m.

Monday at Fellowship club 9:00 a.m.

Monday at Peace Church 6600 C avenue 5:30 p.m.

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