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13.04.2019 Feature Article

How Many Times Do You Try To Get Up When You Fall?

Once alcohol takes control over you, it's hard to break freeOnce alcohol takes control over you, it's hard to break free

Being a writer is not a difficult profession than choosing the right topics readers may like to read. One important question any writer who wants to write an article mustn’t forget is: Am I writing for fun or something readers will be interested?

Even though, I know that the average Ghanaians like to read about politics pertaining to events taking place in the country, at times, I try to change the subject, probably, there are others who may like to read something different at weekends.

Life actually is not a difficult experience as many think but unfavorable conditions, selfishness, greed, crime, corruption, depression, failures, loneliness, etc, have been part of us to steal our happiness. However, let’s think of life without problems or failures, how will you correct yourself to be on the right track or succeed?

Everybody experiences error, setback, crisis, and failure in life but how do you respond to these problems? Extreme life difficulties can turn the lives of many people to be like aliens living on another planet.

The reason some people that can’t handle life turmoils become alcoholics, drug addicts or junkies.

Alcohol is now known to be equally dangerous to cocaine and other dangerous drugs that affect the health of the abusers but the fight against it is much relaxed or slow.

A group of doctors in America believe that before the government loses or win the campaign against cigarettes, cocaine and other dangerous drugs without considering alcohol much it would have claimed millions of lives.

During my youth, I witnessed the effect of alcohol on some of our teachers during lessons in the classrooms. When it’s eating time, we had nothing to talk about than the stinking or stench of alcohol coming from some of them.

I could also, remember my mother on many occasions counseling an alcoholic living in our neighborhood. He was a journalist, a drummer, working at the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation.

When my mother didn’t see him any longer passing in front of our house to buy the strong locally prepared drink, she thought he has got the message.

Unknowing the man changed his route to avoid my mother seeing him. Eventually, he succumbed to illness and died. The postmortem revealed that he died from excessive drinking.

In America, medical statistics has it that nearly 14 million over 18 are alcoholics. Another 1.3 million suffer alcohol dependencies.

Overall, almost 8% of adults have problems with alcohol, costing the economy an estimated $100 billion a year in health care costs and loss of productivity.

Fatal road accidents worldwide much are also related to alcohol.

Indy Mehigan, 17, a transformed alcoholic, once terrorized the streets of Lowestoft, Suffolk in Britain. According to her “I was just twelve when I first swigged vodka with my giggling mates in the school toilets. A few years later, I had turned into a violent, drunken youth who taught of nothing but smashing someone’s face."

"Then a friend told me about 'Positive Futures,' a youth project in Lowestoft that helps teenagers with addiction and other problems. With their help, I left the gang and started a college course, and I’m now retaking my GCSEs."

"I’m also doing a course that I can mentor other kids. These days when I see gangs of youths, I’m the one who crosses the street. But I also feel sorry because they are wrecking their lives.” She said.(Culled from Daily Mirror, Saturday, February 23, 2008, edition)

This is the confession of a young girl who had been into the abyss of alcohol drinking but now out of it and piously and consciously stepping out to help others. As a nation, people have to understand the crisis in alcohol abuse for a number of reasons.

Drinkers may find it legal, pleasurable and even beneficial but at the end of it all when hooked let’s us view its disastrous effect on human and on the roads.

Besides the death alcohol has caused; it has also attributed to many broken homes, painful divorce separation, and juvenile crime.

Alcohol is not just a closet problem but a full-blown health crisis that is crippling our nation as well as families. Kick it early or don’t go for it at all. I wish all readers a happy weekend.

Joel Savage
Joel Savage, © 2019

Joel Savage is a Ghanaian-Belgian journalist and author. The accredited press-card holder of the Flemish Journalists Association once contributed regularly to the features column of the Daily Graphic, The Mirror, Ghanaian Times and the Weekly Spectator. The writer currently lives in Belgium.,

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