Book Discussion Smashed by Koren Zailckas

Topics: Alcoholism, Drinking culture, High school Pages: 3 (981 words) Published: September 22, 2008
Discussion #1 Preface to Page 105

Quote 1. It was the promise of dinking that sustained me through all of high school’s afflictions

I feel my peers would almost agree with that statement. Maybe not to the fullest extent, but I am confident that a lot of my peers would agree with the fact that drinking was a part of there high school career.

My parents would be HIGHLY disagree with this statement. My mother and father both are against drinking and if I was in high school and they thought I felt that way I would have been in a treatment center.

When I am 40 years old and I have children of my own I hope I wont have to deal with this. Lets say I do though, I will be fully dissatisfied with them and myself as a parent. I would feel like I failed them as a parent. I would also make sure I was proactive about the situation and do everything I can think of to get them on a better life course.

Quote 2. For four years, I drank aimlessly when I might have been doing thing that were far more gratifying

A freshman in high school has no business drinking. I feel if someone needed to drink all through high school then that says something about the skills of their parents. That statement alone discloses the obvious which is instead of acquiring a new skill or hone a talent she spent her time breaking the law and being completely hammered.

Quote 3 I didn’t Feel the ecstasy of returning to a life that was unaltered by alcohol because no such life ever existed for me.

This quote explains why I said freshman in high school have no business drinking. At the age of 14 you are still developing very important physical and social skills. If you impair this development process with drinking you inadvertently now make this your staple. Meaning that having the skills to meet new people and have a good time without being impaired is now lost or were never there....
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