Introducing Brandy (Upcoming Book: True to Myself by Amanda Griffith)

Hey, My problem is I think I'm an alcoholic. How do I know? I'm really not sure, but I know I've gotten so drunk I've blacked out and said and done things I'm ashamed of. I'm trying to get over my addiction, but I'm scared. My friend Tina just asked me to go to a party. I mean, I can't stay at...

Amanda Griffith

Does Alchohol Help Me Feel Better?

Does drinking help me feel better? I was thinking about it and started looking up teen drinking and depression on the Internet. I found some of the sites and information I put at the bottom of this. It really shocked me. Do I have a behavioral problem? What is a behavioral problem? Am I a freak? Maybe I can’t stop drinking on my own. If someone’s addicted to alcohol, do you think she can stop on her own? Maybe I need help. But who can help me? Is there a place I can get help that won’t judge me? I don’t want to get in any more trouble. I just want to stop.

I’ve never wanted to die, but Celia tried to commit suicide last year. That scared the hell out of me. Someone I know, someone close to me. I hope I never get to that point. Things have been really bad. I think having Jerry is what helped me get through all this. If I lose him, I don’t know if could deal with any of it. Brittany keeps saying crap about me on the Internet and when I get to school, she’ll probably say it to my face like she did at the party. Thanks God for Jerry.

I saw where it said drinking usually occurs 3 and 6 PM. I know that’s when I took my alcohol and stored it in containers for later, like empty water bottles or smaller stuff like the bottles you put your shampoo in when you go on a trip. I wonder if I’m the only one who ever took alcohol out of the house to a dance or party. Do you know anyone who steals their parents’ alcohol and takes somewhere for later? I also drank right in the house when I got home from school. I never told anyone before. Is there anything you’re so ashamed of you’re afraid to tell anyone?

“Teens with undiagnosed emotional or behavioral problems often use drugs and alcohol as a way to relieve their frustrations.”

“Alcohol is the drug most commonly used among teens. While most teens say they disapprove of heavy drinking, teen alcohol abuse still occurs. And alcohol is one of the risk factors associated with teen suicide.”

“Without treatment, depressed adolescents are at high risk for school failure, social isolation, promiscuity, “self-medication” with drugs or alcohol, and suicide-now the third leading cause of death among 10- to 24-year-olds.

“Alcohol, and other drug use, has been found to occur most often between the hours of 3 and 6 p.m., immediately after school and prior to parents’ arrival at home from work.”

About Amanda Griffith

I am a Franklin and Marshall graduate, English and Government. I taught 6-12 English for 28 years and am a published writer with four articles to my credit. Check out my five star rating on
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