Alcohol Dependency in Our Family and How We Struggle With It

He was in his 50s when he died. We put all of his earthly possessions into three banana boxes and placed them into the trunk of our '63 Chevy station wagon. The key to the single (twin bed) hotel room was returned to the front desk clerk. Ironically, this was the same job he once held before alcohol got him too pickled to keep his balance for longer than half an hour. They said it was too hard for him to stand up. By the time I met Uncle Ivan he had probably been drinking (heavily) for the previous four decades. There was a certain odor about him that smelled of piss vinegar and Old Spice. I remember the whiskers on his chin used to tickle my forehead when he bent down to kiss the top of my head. "They think it was cirrhosis of the liver," his stringy-haired girlfriend said. No autopsy was performed. Everyone knew Ivan was an alcoholic, even the kids in the family. It's almost as if his fate had been sealed in the veiled comments made by his siblings. "He'll never amount to much," I used to hear. "He could have been a good mechanic. Smart with his hands," they said, "And yet he chose the easy life; he never got married, kept a little desk job, and ended up drinking himself to death." The utter disgust directed at Uncle Ivan made him even dearer to me. In fact, I think it was him I used to think about every time I stepped up to the bat during seventh grade gym class. I pictured him as being bad at baseball too, and just bad at making ...
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Source: World Journal of Gastroenterology : WJG - Category: Gastroenterology Authors: Tags: World J Gastroenterol Source Type: research
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