If a man wanted to marry and have a family, he had to leave alcohol

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Re: If a man wanted to marry and have a family, he had to leave alcohol

Post by Mee_maw » 13 Aug 2018, 02:40

If a person struggles with alcoholism, I think they are better off dealing with it before they start a family. Not to say that alcoholics don't deserve spouses or children, but just to make things easier for themselves and their loved ones, kicking the drinking habit is the right thing to do.

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Post by Emmrald » 13 Aug 2018, 16:52

I really subscribe to the motion that a man should leave alcohol before he get married.

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Post by Dlbolinger68 » 16 Aug 2018, 14:44

Duke was speaking of his personal observations and experiences. Using them to make a point about Gary's predicament. By stating it this way he caused Gary to come to his own conclusions.

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Post by Kajori50 » 17 Aug 2018, 10:01

I believe it was a little of both. Somewhere Duke blamed his alcoholic habits for a lack of family. Nevertheless, alcoholism is not conducive to a good family life. It clouds people's judgements and make them say or do things they normally wouldn't. Hence, as per me, Duke's statement alludes to both.

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Post by PeaceLoveNature44 » 23 Aug 2018, 13:20

If your an alcoholic, just like another drug of choice, you will be mainly focused on that. When, how, you can get it. You won't be able to focus on family, and may even act out towards family. Especially if you can not get your alcohol, and that will lead to worse things. I think he was warning him, but it is him blaming the alcohol too.

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Post by Cher432 » 26 Aug 2018, 15:26

I think that he meant that alcohol can be a mistress. It can take over your life to the detriment of your family, so i think he was warning him not to let it take over.

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