Rex Wall's battle with can alcohol can be described as, "Living with an alcoholic is a family affair." This is because when Jeanette's dad comes home drunk most days, the effects and consequences rub off on everyone else. One time when the family was living in Phoenix, Arizona, they were going to have a happy Christmas and life was going to be great, at least until the dad showed up. First, he dissed on the Catholics about their beliefs, getting them kicked out of church. Then, the mom gave him his cigarette lighter as a gift, but what does he do with it? Instead up using it to light his cigarettes, which is already bad enough, he just decides to go crazy and throw it into the Christmas tree, lighting it on fire and burning down. I don't think anyone sane would do that, so he had to be drunk when he did that. It ended up putting the rest of the family in a somber mood, and things didn't get better for a long time. This would make his alcoholism a family affair, since it affects everyone in the family.