While this latest news may not be a surprise to anyone in particular, it does drive home the very real threat of alcoholism and death. Amy Winehouse is the public face that we can give this deadly disease today, however there have certainly been many famous celebrities that have come before her, see: Janie Lane’s sister suspects alcohol played a part in singer’s death. If you live in South Carolina and are battling alcoholism like Winehouse was, seek help today by contacting: South Carolina Depart of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services.
The coroner investigating Winehouse’s death, Suzanne Greenaway gave an official ruling of “death by misadventure.” The singer died after the resumption of drinking alcohol following a brief period of sobriety. Death by misadventure may be the terminology used, but to many it would be better received and have greater impact to call it more definitively, “death by alcohol poisoning.” Why? Well simply put, words can easily usher those who drink heavily into that perpetual denial they exist in.
It is as easy for an alcoholic to dismiss a term like “misadventure” as it is for a chronic smoker to say, “oh this cough is because there is too much dust in the air.” Those caught in the grasp of addiction, in fact grasp onto many things that help them avoid confronting their illness, even words. Amy Winehouse is not the first to relapse, and she certainly will not be the last, however the key thing to remember is that the disease of alcoholism is a very real, very deadly disease and should be regarded as such.
If you or a loved one is in the very real danger of dying from this disease seek information and treatment resources here: The Addicted Family.
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