Effects of alcoholism on families no one ever tells you about

Comedian Othuol

The admission by the dad to late Churchill comedian Othuol Othuol, on how his son’s battle with alcoholism ruined their family is heartbreaking.

No parent ever imagines that’s the route their kids will take, sadly sometimes it happens.

Speaking in a recent interview Othuol’s dad said he had ‘given up’ after trying so much to help his son.

‘I CALLED HIM ONE DAY AND TOLD HIM IF YOU WANT TO COMMIT SUICIDE WITH DRINKING PLEASE TELL ME AND THE STYLE YOU WANT TO TAKE.

IF YOU WANT TO COMMIT SUICIDE WITH DRINKING CARELESSLY, DON’T TAKE TIME, BETTER TAKE A ROPE AND DO IT. I’LL COME TO CARRY YOU HOME,” HE RECALLED.

Alcoholism really affects families and it sucks.

Below are some of the effects of alcoholism that families go through.

Stigmatization

This is the biggest effect of alcoholism not only on individuals but also on families.

You become ‘ile family ya walevi.’  No one wants to be associated with you especially if your kids are chronic drinkers who steal stuff and resell to get cash to drink.

Financial constraints

This comes in when a family has to constantly seek help for their kin.

This can be through paying for rehab fees’ getting them out of jail for constantly being arrested.

Paying back people they have borrowed from to sustain their drinking.

Buying and replacing stuff stolen by their kin.

Emotional distress

This comes with the constant worry of whether your kin is okay or not, especially if they are chronic drinkers.

Family breakups

This happens when a family is ‘tired’ of helping their kin who is battling alcoholism.

Physical abuse

In some instances, some people battling alcoholism tend to be physically abusive.

They not only met violence on their friends, family and neighbours but on everyone around them.

Drinking is not bad, but if you can’t function without taking alcohol seek for help.

Just know you are not the only one affected, your family is affected too.

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