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Drastic Decisions Caused By Drugs And Drinking

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For a lot of teenagers, drinking and drugs are used as an outlet for them to forget about their problems for a while. While reading “An Ounce of Cure” by Alice Munro and “Greasy Lake” by T. Coraghessan Boyle, readers will come to that realization. Both stories involve teenagers drinking alcohol or using drugs to forget about their problems, which allows them to learn life lessons that change them for the better in the process.
In “An Ounce of Cure”, the main character, Alice, falls in love with a boy named Martin Collingwood, who ends up leaving her for another girl. Alice becomes very depressed and resorts to taking pills and drinking alcohol. First, while she is at home, she goes to the ...view middle of the document...

The news about her trying to commit suicide over Martin and getting drunk at the Berryman’s spread across town rapidly. For a while, she was famous around the town, until another story started spreading, making people forget about her stories for a while. From getting all this exposure, she realized the most important thing: “I had completely gotten over Martin Collingwood” (Munro p 13). From trying to commit suicide with Aspirin and drinking to forget about her problems, she gained more self confidence and realized that a guy is not worth all of that nonsense.
In “Greasy Lake,” the unnamed main character, along with his friends, Digby and Jeff, were known as the “bad boys” for the choices that they made. “We wore torn-up leather jackets, slouched around with toothpicks in our mouths, sniffed glue and ether and what somebody claimed was cocaine,” (Boyle p 1). The characters hung out at a place called Greasy Lake, which was basically a party spot for teenagers in the area. Then one day, they experienced something that they would never forget.
After the characters decided to pull a prank, things started to go horribly wrong. The target of the prank turned out to not be the person that they thought, which started a fight. When they tried to drive away from the scene, the main character lost his keys in the grass. Since they could not get away, the guy they pulled the prank on found them, which continued the fight. Ending the fight, he was hit with a tire on, which knocked him out. After they had won, a girl appeared from his car. Thinking she was very attractive, they started snatching off her clothes. When another car had noticed this situation, they all ran...

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