Alcohol Kills.

Step on a Crack is not about me.

Step on a crack is not about my mother.

Step on a Crack is about the damage done to families by alcoholism.

  Step on a Crack is about one long, slow, painful death and the many things that die along the way.

Step on a Crack is about the universal pain caused by alcoholism.

Alcoholism kills; numbers vary but according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention the number “could be as high as 79,000 deaths a year.”  Alcoholism is the third highest rated lifestlyle-related cause of death in America. The CDC also calculates the ‘years of potential life lost’ (YPLL) as being as high as 2.3 million a year.

This number does not include the number of people killed by drunk drivers: 15,000 to 18,000 people are killed each year by drunk drivers.

This number does not include the number of suicides committed every year by alcoholics.

(Numbers between 35% and 55% of all suicides involve alcohol)

This number does not include the number of deaths cause by accidental drownings (69% of all drownings involve alcohol)  also fires and falls caused by alcoholics.

Heart disease, liver cancer, respiratory disease, homicides (Numbers from 34% to 79% of all homicides involve alcohol) ;  A certain percentage of these deaths can be directly attributed to alcoholism but are not.

This number does not reflect the number of families who fight a coroner on the Cause of Death on a death certificate,  “My son was NOT an alcoholic,” said my long time alcoholic family member to the coroner. “ He had a seizure.”

Seizures come with the territory for a long time alcoholic.

Seizures can kill and alcoholics die.

Alcoholism kills.

What the data won’t tell us is what it kills:








50% of all rapists are under the influence of alcohol when they commit a rape.

Mothers convicted of child abuse are 3 times more likely to be alcoholics; fathers more than 10 times more likely.

Step on a Crack is specifically about Alcoholics Dementia, Wernicke – Korsakoff,

and my mothers journey through its Fresh Hell.

What the data won’t tell us is that her journey is not hers alone.

I walk it with her, I am walking through this Hell too.

What the data won’t tell us is the truth.

Not the whole, uncensored truth about that journey.

“Step on a Crack…”

Too late for that. This journey has begun.

Peace,  Jen

~ by Step On a Crack on September 15, 2011.

12 Responses to “Alcohol Kills.”

  1. Not to second guess…
    But what about the suicides attempted not successful and successful suicides of children of alcoholics. The crimes committed by the c of a trying to make sure they and their siblings eat. The illness from stress the families go through. Would daddy have had so many ulcers if the stress had not been so high? I could go on. No need. I see and feel this could be a huge thing. Keep getting it out. This could have the power to truly help some people. I love you. To the moon and back. Always have. Always will.


  2. Antnie, Excellent Point! It is mind bending to try and really figure out how many lives are lost each year to alcoholism. I have done so much research and each piece is only a piece. As you note, there are deaths and then there is the collateral damage; all of us who have been harmed by an alcoholic; all of us who took up the mantle of the Family Curse and had to fight it back. It is horrific. You and I survived and we have our beautiful children to hold and we CAN and WILL and ARE breaking the cycle. I hope this does help. It is helping me sort things out. I want to find forgiveness and words have always been my talisman. You know, Little Sister, that my Love for you helped save my life. I am eternally grateful for you. Ditto: To the Moon and Back, forever and for always. xxxxx


  3. This is also well said- good for you.


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