Alcoholism and Workaholism Human beings have rich and varying natures. Many human beings struggle to be good people, but often fall into behavioral traps. Addiction and humanity’s propensity for addition is part and parcel to the human condition. Scott Russell Sanders’ short story “under the influence” interweaves family history, pop culture and literary references to pain the portrait of alcohol addition. Though a “workaholic” is different from an alcoholic in its level of destruction, Sanders relates being a “workaholic” very much to being an alcoholic in that it is a legitimate addiction, it is destructive to one’s family, and that causes monumental amounts of shame and embarrassment within the addicted person. Being a “workaholic” and...The end:
.....rs 60). The mind of the addicted is muddled with all sorts of thoughts, but primarily (as Saunders relates) shame. It is important to note that being a workaholic is far less unhealthy and certainly not as dangerous as being an alcoholic. Alcoholism can endanger the family unit, be dangerous as a lifestyle habit, and rot the mind and body of its user. Still, Saunders’s story talks very much about his father and his similarities. Their addictions- workaholism and alcoholism- manifest the two characters’ similarities. In the end, Sanders relates being a “workaholic” to being an alcoholic: both are legitimate addictions, both are familially destructive, and that cause phenomenal amounts of shame and psychological damage to the addicted person.