Posted by: bwoof | February 17, 2010

The devestating effects of alcohol

Tonight I chatted with a young adult woman who is enduring the pain of years of alcohol abuse in her family. I know all the ‘textbook’ consequences, but her stories far surpass just words. The pain is evident, the disappointment real, the fallout grevious.

Although she has experienced significant healing in even the last two months, she suffers from bulimia, anxiety, hopelessness (at times) and even suicidal thoughts.  I learned that she has observed two parents drink the equivalent of 4 1/2 bottles of wine every night!  And I didn’t think that was even possible.

She has a previously unknown sibling, a terrible dark secret from someone’s past.  And another half sibling copes by running to the other side of the country.

Tonight I also learned (again) that my privileged upbringing, rich in love and material creature comforts, is a gift, a treasure to be invested and multiplied for others.

And, speaking of alcohol, I work with social workers who give me lots of reason to think that many teens are either way into alcohol use, or even worse, were birthed by mom who drank during pregnancy. Years later we see these children in school. FAS is real.

Grateful for:

  • the ladies event tonight which grandma enjoyed

Curious about:

  • how to stop a bully whom you can’t identify or see, or whose friends won’t rat out

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