This is an essay i submitted to my Residence Director for violating the school's Alcohol Policy in the dorms. I never heard back from him so I guess he supports my new found religion (or sarcasm).

According to the test, my alcohol consumption is higher than 95% of the general adult, American population and 91% of American men and also a risk to my health and wellbeing. The test also asserts that my responses are “consistent with problems related to drinking”. After seeing these results I immediately shunned my old, atrocious views of alcohol consumption because after all the weekends of drinking, alcohol had blinded me from seeing that my health was at risk. After I completed the screening and saw my results it took me awhile to fully grasp the shocking reality of my drinking problem. Before I viewed alcohol as a means of having a good time in a social environment or relaxing after a hard week of intense study. Little did I know that my drinking habits and views on alcohol were a direct threat to my overall health. I failed to realize that I carelessly spent up to 15 dollars, almost half of that I spend of food, per week feeding my drinking problem. Thank God this screening was there to show me the errors of my ways.

Back when I still had my drinking problem, before I took the test, I had no idea that alcohol had an impact on my life. The booze had pulled a sheet over my eyes blinding me from the social and academic problems staring me right in the face. I didn’t see my grades slipping from my 3.8 GPA in high school to an abominable 3.6 placing me on the Dean’s List for first semester. I ignored the fact that I was meeting more friends than ever before because I was so engaged in my drinking habit. Alcohol was ruining my life and I didn’t even realize it.

Luckily was there to help me find my way. I reviewed the Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Alcohol: Tips For Teens, and the What is an Alcohol Problem modules as they were most likely to help me overcome my drinking habit and save myself. I learned a lot from these modules and they helped me greatly on my road to recovery. I learned that consuming more than 2 drinks a day, what I considered a rather useless amount before the test, was considered to be a problem with drinking. This made me realize that every time I wanted to consume alcohol in order to feel the desired “drunk” effect I was really abusing alcohol- even if I only had 4 or 5. This meant that during my whole drinking career I had been abusing alcohol and suddenly it all made sense- the flaws, cracks, and problems that so plagued my very existence up this point were because of my flagrant problem with drinking. I know this because the module also informed me that “the consequences of alcohol misuse are serious—in many cases, life-threatening”. After learning that many cases of drinking result in death I sought help for my problem and turned to the best therapist I knew- Jesus Christ. I thanked him profusely for keeping me alive throughout my struggle with my drinking problem. It was nothing short of a miracle that I did not experience “failure to fulfill major work, school, or home responsibilities, recurring alcohol-related legal problems, such as being arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or for physically hurting someone while drunk, or ongoing relationship problems that are caused or worsened by the effects of alcohol” like the module described. While reading the modules I felt as if some of the listed effects spoke directly to me as I had both "gained weight" and had "bad breath". None the less, I’m thankful that I didn’t go into a "coma, contract HIV/AIDS from my lowered inhibitions, or die" as it also detailed.

The module that most helped me climb out of the hole I dug with my drinking problem was definitely “What is an Alcohol Problem?”. While reading this I found out just how lucky I am that I quit my drinking habit as my alcohol abuse could have led to much, much more serious consequences. Not only was I unaware I had a drinking problem before the screening I never would have guessed my consumption of alcohol would lead to “absence from, and impaired performance at, school and on the job, neglect of child care or household responsibilities, legal difficulties and alcohol consumption in physically dangerous circumstances such as while driving”. I was shocked when I found out that by consuming more than 5 drinks in one sitting, a feat regularly accomplished by most of the world’s successful adult population, I was not only abusing alcohol but I was also binge drinking. I had no idea that my overall health and sanity were at risk because of these social drinking binges but thank God was there to intervene and save me.

Overall, this screening has turned my life around. Before receiving my results I had no idea that my good health and general well being were circling the drain and I was putting my life in danger every time I consumed more than 5 alcoholic beverages. It taught me that even though the majority of the civilized world legally and regularly consumes alcohol at the age of 18 I was in immediate danger because of my drinking habits. It taught me that I was lucky to still be here today in spite of my problem. It gave me the strength and courage to seek help in the eyes of the Lord and denounce alcohol as the milk of the devil’s teat. saved my life and I’ll be forever thankful for it.