So first you had a nine-minute YouTube video of a University of Connecticut student drunkenly demanding food and then being boorish — at best — to the people who refused to serve him.
And then you had this:
Because what’s funnier than a drunk college student?
And then, you had this, The Apology:
I wasn’t going to post about this — I like standing out in a crowd that way — but perhaps this has now come full circle and we can all move on and this guy can get the help he needs, and some food pantries can get some donations.
Kid’s got a problem. Look’s like he’s lost himself in the booze. I hope the court, or his school, compel him to get some professional help.
He needs a third party assessment. Daddy can’t fix this.
I agree. The story made it sound like the family is aware, but this is not this kid’s first rodeo. He definitely has a problem.
Family could be part of the problem. With young people who have reached this stage of alcohol abuse, it usually is.
Another good point. He’s pretty young to be this drunk in public.
There’s drinkers…and then there’s drunks. To an alcoholic in recovery, the differences are obvious. He displays what we call “high functioning” abuse. The amount of alcohol he’s consumed would put a normal drinker “under the table.” (Is this kid driving in this condition?)
And then there’s his claim that he was unaware of his behavior once he got as close to sober as is possible currently. (It takes weeks of complete abstinence to sober up a drunk.) The whole apology thing is another red flag.
He has a serious problem. UConn, in my opinion, should insist he get a third party assessment.
I agree. If he isn’t in treatment already, every day that passes makes it less likely that this will be the episode that does it. He blames his “big mouth” and stubbornness for for getting him into trouble. That sounds much more like building a rationale for denial than heading down the road toward making amends. “I don’t need to stop drinking. I just have to stop being a jerk.”
Indeed, if he has a chance of not getting expelled it should be on the condition of going into treatment. That’s a fairly common practice in a lot of workplaces, along with some kind of performance/behavior based probation after the initial phase of treatment. The court may beat UCONN to the punch on that one, however.
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