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What are the causes and effects of alcoholism on families and society as a whole?
“go cold turkey” = suddenly stop doing something that is usually a bad habit.
“Phil tried to go cold turkey on his drinking addiction, but he couldn’t stay away from stuff.”
“drink like a fish” = drink alcohol excessively
“She tends to drink like a fish when she gets together with her friends.”
“drown one’s sorrows” = drink to stop your unhappiness
“Trying to drown your sorrows in a bottle of whiskey won’t solve your financial problems.”
A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.
Dave's Sister: Dave, Dave. No seriously. Listen, Dave. You're my brother. I love you, but you've had two DUIs, you lost your last job because you showed up drunk, your girlfriend's going to dump you because you're drinking too much.
Dave's Sister: Dave. I love you, and I'm trying to help you. I really care about you. And these friends that you hang out with . . . they're not friends. A friend is a person who is honest and frank with you, not these so-called buddies you've got that encourage you to go and buy booze for any old party.
A friend is a person who is honest and frank with you.
Dave's Sister: You know what? AA. Alcoholics Anonymous. You can go there and you can meet with other people, and they can help you be sober.
Dave's Sister: Dave, No. I can't . . . it'll kill me if there's another DUI, an accident, something, I'm really worried, Dave. Dave: I'm done, I'm done. I don't want to talk about this anymore.
Do the vocabulary quizzes with the words from the conversation for more practice:
How would you describe Dave’s perception of his own drinking habits in the conversation? What kinds of negative effects might continue to happen if he doesn’t alter his current course of behavior? Have you ever known anyone like Dave? How did things turn out for this individual?
If people struggle with alcohol addiction in your community, what resources are available to provide emotional support and effective treatment to this problem? What are the legal penalties for driving with intoxicated? Use the Internet to identify resources that can assist family and friends in fighting this addiction.