Poison in your Veins
- Causes- Depression and Schizophrenia both contribute to alcoholism
- Ramifications- Alcohol poisoning, Liver disease, Nerve damage, Permanent damage to the brain
- Solutions- Rehabilitation, Personal Counciling
The effect on the Walls Family
The Walls family was greatly affected by alcoholism. The father of the family, Rex, "soaks up booze like a sponge" (Walls 197). He always drank his problems away and caused problems because of it. Sometimes the family wouldn't have enough money for food but Rex would still be drinking away. The man couldn't provide for his family, but he didn't care when he was intoxicated. Jeannette, the daughter and main character of the narrative, was put in multiple dangerous situations because of her Dad's drunk carelessness. Even his wife proclaimed him as "a stinking rotten drunk," though she was no saint herself (122). The family would probably have been stable if it weren't for the father's alcohol problem. Jeannette addresses this problem with her dad and he does take her advice. Unfortunately though, he doesn't follow through and instead falls back on the waggon when his mother dies. At this point he was almost always drunk and the lack of a father figure caused all the kids to run away. If Rex wasn't codependent on the depressant that alcohol is, then a steady job he would have had. Instead of having money for food, the children had to steal other kids lunches to keep going. It is just common sense to lay down the bottle and provide for your own family. When Rex isn't drunk he is actually a good father. He teaches his kids valuable lessons that they need to learn, but he could learn a lesson himself about help. Rex is just too stubborn to not do his own thing, causing him to be in an endless loop of drinking. He is an addict, and the Walls are suffering. The cause of a lot of the Walls' problems are rooted from alcoholism. Further than causing hunger, his drunkenness causes many fights between Rex and his wife. Domestic abuse is usually a result of alcoholism and the Walls experienced this first hand. Alcoholism drastically hurt the entire family.