I doubt a true alcoholic would see himself or herself in that ad. But the SO of that alcoholic, the other one who is raising the children, active and concerned close relatives, well it may be a wake-up call for them to see exactly what someone's substance abuse problem is doing to the children in their lives.
Unfortunately, often the non-addict is just as sick as the addict in those situations. The addict does not see his addiction as a problem at all, and he does not see how it affects others. The non-addict sees the addiction as the source of all problems and at the same time generally enables the addict to continue in that addiction. Both parents can be pretty blind to how both of their actions are affecting children.
Sorry, this is not a new problem, I don't see any answers to it. If it stuck to people who are on the fringes of society, the down and out, the uneducated, you could fight those problems to try and reduce the problem. But it actually crosses class lines and people who you would think have everything in the world, should be as contented with their lives, may have the problem. It is hard to have answers to problems that totally befuddle you.
If the people I am thinking most about while watching this, watched this, the addict would probably not see it at all, and the non-addict would use it as another hammer to pound on the addict with. It would spur the non-addict to increase the behaviors that totally do not work and the addict will use that behavior to react further by getting drunk and angry.
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