Alcoholism, Hopefully Declining

My kids see drunk people all the time.  You cannot walk through town without having to skirt by a man who has been drinking and is acting unpredictably.  My kids are scared of drunk people, and they are correct to be wary.  They are unpredictable; I have been verbally accosted by drunks and even had them try to physically intimidate me more than once.  My kids while riding their bikes through town have been yelled at by the the men who turn aggressive when consuming alcohol.  I think that in many ways this nervousness that the kids live with when in town alone on their bikes is a blessing, because none of my kids have much interest in drinking.  They see how harmful it can be.  So many times alcoholism is hidden in the US, but here it is open for all to see.  Our eyes are open to the temptation and the addiction.  Here is an interesting post from the Diospi Suyana Hospital webpage.

Alcohol Consumption Dropping in Curahuasi

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A change in both the head and heart

Nine years ago the work of Diospi Suyana began among the children of Curahuasi.  Currently, 400 boys and girls attend the kids club each week.  They learn not only to handle scissors and crayons, but also that God is real and loves each one of them.  They learn that problems can be overcome through faith in God and the indulgence into alcohol is unnecessary and counterproductive.

Since Diospi Suyana’s presence in Curahuasi through the kids clubs, the hospital, and the school, the behavior of the residents in relation to their alcohol consumption has changed significantly.  The children attending the kids clubs often tell their parents what they have learned about alcohol.  Even local politicians tell of this positive development through the work of Diospi Suyana.

In the end, almost everyone benefits.  However, the liquor dealers earn less and probably dislike the work being done by Diospi Suyana.

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