Addiction To Alcoholism In Edgar Allan Poe’s The Cask Of Amontillado

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Alcoholism is the addiction to the intake of alcoholic liquor or the psychological illness and neurotic behavior resulting from alcohol dependency. There is a time and place for alcohol consumption in every culture. It’s a growing problem in America’s society and culture today. Revenge and trust are an issue in this short story. In Edgar Allan Poe’s The Cask of Amontillado, Montresor symbolizes Poe’s alcoholism, whereas Fortunato represents himself, the man who is trying to reach satisfaction and eventually gets imprisoned by his minute habit. He is attempting to get revenge on someone else because of the insults he had been given. Revenge, trust, and alcohol are all apparent in today’s society, even though this was over 150 years ago, America’s population can still relate to it.
In some cultures, there are situations that involves drinking. These include: birthday parties, New Year’s festivities, graduations, weddings receptions, Fourth of July, Christmas and Mardi Gras. In these holidays, people usually drink in excess to have a good time and celebrate. Different countries specialize in different types of alcohol, such as: the Italian have really good wine, Mexico is known for beer and tequila, Ireland is famous for beer and whiskey, Japan has their own beverage called Sake, and the United States is known for beer, wine, and whiskey. In these cultures, drinking alcohol is an acceptable type of celebration that teenagers even participate in. Not all alcohol consumed is in celebration. Therefore, “the top 20 percent of drinkers consume approximately 30 percent of all alcohol drunk over a 12-month period” (Grant 290).
In the disease of alcoholism, there are many psychological effects on the person. It can cause depression, anxiety, loss of appetite and many other side effects. “During the preperiod, 19% had a drug abuse or dependence diagnosis, 8% to 9% had a bipolar disorder diagnosis, 37% to 38% had a depression diagnosis, and 12% to 13% had an anxiety disorder diagnosis” (Mark 883). Many people believe that when a particular person is drinking, he or she believes that the alcohol is taking away his or her problems, but in reality, drinking is just putting a Band-Aid over the problem they are having and it won’t ever be healed or taken care of. The problem will just continue to just come back up and haunt them. It will cause a vicious cycle of downward feeling toward the problem and their own self. In other people, it may cause them to just become sadder than what they started out when they were sober. Some alcoholics try to bury their emotions in alcohol, such as a stress eater would gorge themselves in food. In these people, when they start drinking, they are already sad and they think that they should drink and the sadness will go away. In reality, it causes the complete opposite, they become sadder and eventually become angry, upset and cause more damage than what they started out with. Also, in certain people they become so caught up in...

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