It is not news that Alcoholism is a disease. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/alcoholism/basics/definition/con-20020866
This essay is about my father. It does not reveal all of those moments when alcohol took center stage, and it does not serve to preach change. It is a sharing, as are the poems I have posted about my father at my webpage: Family First; Veterans to Factories: 1946 to name two.
In the end, I never judged my father, but instead reviewed his life, and came to understand the complexities of his life's experiences. I understood why he drank, but not until I was an adult, too. There were few to no tools available for children or families when I was growing up. That is not the case today whether one is dealing with alcohol or other drugs.
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