He changed the political culture, but like everything else, people get tired of the same old things, partying was wearing off, people began to use drugs and violence, which brought out the new generation. My grandfather stated, "I remember when the N word was automatically a fighting word, but now everyone and their mother are saying it with no consequence." Along came the eighties. The people from this time are now mostly found hidden behind bars somewhere for the rest of their lives or either somewhere trying their best to keep a decent lifestyle. Only a minority have actually came out and overcame deficits in their lifetime.
People flocked to his parties because they were not only lavish, but flowing with free liquor. Nick also mentions that in one section that he is drunk for the first time in years, likely because he didn’t have easy access to liquor. Those are just some of the surface things. One could make a case that the whole attitude of the book was influenced by the Prohibition. The citizens seem free to do whatever they want, in that they throw ridiculous parties and throw many fits and tantrums that can turn violent.
Accustomed to such inconsistent treatment. ……young people are bombarded with mixed signals about the scope of their rights and the depth of their responsibilities. And most of those mixed signals come from the laws of state and local government.” (Governing.com Page 1) These confusing laws make nothing easier and in fact they make young people’s lives more difficult. My opinion on the whole situation is that the drinking age should be lowered because of binge drinking. Since the drinking age has been twenty-one it has not stopped underage teens for drinking and has actually caused more problems.
In general, Prohibition was enforced much more strongly in areas where the population was sympathetic to the legislation mainly rural areas and small towns and much more loosely in urban areas. The prohibition was also very difficult to enforce because the local police and commissionaires were receiving very lucrative bribes for they not to prosecute the bootleggers. Despite very early signs of success, including a decline in arrests for drunkenness and a reported 30 percent drop in alcohol consumption, those who wanted to keep drinking found ever-more inventive ways to do it. The illegal manufacturing and sale of liquor, also known as “bootlegging”, went on throughout the decade, along with the operation of “speakeasies”, nightclubs selling alcohol, the smuggling of alcohol across state lines and the informal production of liquor “moonshine” or “bathtub gin”, in private homes. This practice proved to be very dangerous because the level of alcohol was very high and that it could contain ethanol a dangerous type of alcohol that can be deadly.
He was spending money we didn’t have, never home and always suspicious of what I was doing. He made me leave work one day due to having a psychotic episode resulting from mixing alcohol and other substances. I put my foot down and told him he had to stop or leave. That is when he returned to NA and I was enlightened to understanding of what an addict was. Everything I read and learned from the groups about addiction was applicable to him.
Chapter 10 is about the Folk Psychotherapy of Alcoholics Anonymous ( AA) by L A. Alibrandi. The focus of the Chapter is “detailed examination of the relationship between the sponsor and the new comer. A.A. sponsors help others to achieve and maintain sobriety. I like the statement of an AA member “Drunks get sober every morning, or every time they go to jail or a hospital, but in A.A we learn how to stay sober.” (Zimberg, S, et al pg. 165).
One way in which the book and film capture the times, is in the handling of, sales of, and consumption of alcohol. We see in both sources that Gatsby’s fortune is largely made from bootlegging illegal liquor and that despite alcohol being prohibited, people of wealth still regularly indulged in this luxury. This reminds readers and viewers that the twenties were a time of prohibition, but also a time when people drank heavily to show off their means. Another way in which the 1920s are portrayed is through the description of and use of clothing in the book and film; respectively. In the film, one sees Gatsby dressed in flamboyant suits made of expensive fabrics.
Now even though this was the situation in the country, alcohol still did play a major role in the modernist versus traditionalist agenda since, bootlegged alcohol was still available mainly by means of crime lords and families such as the notorious, most wanted criminal of the 1920’s, Al Capone. Modernists saw alcohol as an element that provided personal freedom. This was a complete paradox of what the traditionalists believed: they said that alcohol caused crimes and broke apart families and that where there was no alcohol people were generally happier and healthier. Soon, many speakeasies spread throughout the country. “They were given their unique name for the need to whisper, or "speak easy," as patrons attempted to cross their illegal thresholds.
Binge drinking is one of our society’s greatest faults. The majority of binge drinkers are 18-20 year olds who are exercising their new freedom from their parents. They haven’t been correctly exposed to alcohol or understand how to drink responsibly in their lives. Underage and unsupervised drinking has been an epidemic in our country for far too long, even our presidents daughter has had pictures taken of her drinking underage at a college party. This type of irresponsible, binge drinking party can cause a lot of deaths in underage drinkers.
Many years ago, I was in a bar and was particularly rich at the time, I didn’t have many friends and my wife had passed away recently, oh how we had the best of times together. I would go to the bar around the corner, waste my money and drink my sorrows away until till the bartender would cut me off. One day I met a man by the name of Fortunato, he was a nice guy we hit it off drank till it was early morning. We were both drunk, so I offered to let him stay at my house to sleep it off because I did just live around the corner. We stumbled into my house and said “Wow you have a very elegant house” “Thank you gets kind of lonely though” I replied.