Dante is a 21 year student at a local community college. He has a part time job as a bartender at a local chain restaurant in town where he bartends several nights a week. Dante meets up with his coworkers, as well as classmates at a bar down the street from the community college after the restaurant closes most nights. While he stays out until early morning hours most days, he very rarely skips classes and is maintaining a B/C average in all of his courses. Dante drinks heavily every night of the week but never during the day and has never been arrested for any alcohol related crimes.
Early one morning, Dante wakes to a police flashlight shining into his car window where he is parked outside of the bar he frequents. His car was in park and turned off, his car keys were in the ignition. Dante is given a field breathalyzer and even though he had stopped drinking several hours earlier, his BAC registers at 0.11%. Dante explains to the police officer that he must have gotten into his car drunk and decided to sleep it off rather than drive home. He proudly states that he was making a responsible choice not to drive drunk. The officers arrest Dante for an Attempted DUI, which states that you were presumed to have intended to drive since he was in the driver’s seat with the keys in the ignition.
Dante’s lawyer suggests he visit an alcohol treatment clinic for an evaluation to use in their upcoming court case. The clinic worker suggests that Dante is a functioning alcoholic and suggests treatment and entering AA.
Write a paper of at least one page (double spaced with normal margins and font size, not including headers and footers) discussing the case and the following questions:
- Discuss your views on Dante’s alcohol use based on section 10.2’s discussion on alcohol trends in young adulthood.
- Using web based research on alcoholism, write your opinion on whether you agree with the clinic worker’s label of Dante as a functional alcoholic.
- What possible changes should Dante take in his personal life?
Submission status: No attempt
Grading status: Not graded