American actor John Stephen Goodman, famous for playing the role of Dan Conner in the ABC TV series “Roseanne,” revealed how he had struggled with alcoholism in the past. In an interview with Willie Geist broadcast on Sunday Today, Goodman explained in detail his prolonged battle with alcoholism and the ways he adopted to get rid of his alcohol dependence. He said, “I got so lucky, because I was still getting hired for things. But the fact is I was drinking at work — my speech would be slurred. I thought I was fooling people. But my cheeks would turn bright red when I was liquored up. I just looked like a stop sign.”
When asked what helped him realize that his drinking problem was too severe to need correction, the 65-year-old actor informed how almost a decade ago he first saw the sign of danger while hanging out with friends. Describing the life-changing event, he said that he suspected something wrong when he started trembling to the core after spending a long weekend with his friends because of constant drinking. Upon apprising his wife about his problem, she in turn got him admitted to a rehabilitation center offering alcohol addiction treatment. He revealed how the alcohol addiction treatment program involved a detoxification process that helped him feel better.
It has been 10 years since Goodman embraced sobriety and refrained from unbridled indulgence in alcohol. The veteran actor, accompanied by his costar Roseanne Barr of ‘Roseanne,’ also talked about his struggles on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM show aired every Tuesday. During the candid talk, Barr disclosed how she had opposed the actor’s drinking habits during the shooting of “Roseanne.” Goodman revealed how terrified she was after realizing that he was suffering from alcohol use disorder (AUD) as she had already seen her spouse go through the similar challenges.
Alcohol abuse is a growing problem in America
America has a serious drinking problem. This is evident from the numbers published in the research study titled ‘Remarkable Increases in Alcohol Use Disorders,’ stating an unprecedented rise in high-risk drinking, alcohol dependence and AUDs based on the analysis of data from 2001-2002 and 2012-2013. The research, published online in the journal JAMA Psychiatry in September 2017, highlighted not only the significant increase in abuse of alcohol, but also the problematic behaviors associated with it.
The findings suggested that the problem of alcohol abuse is significantly grim in certain demographic populations compared to others. Over around 11 years, the rate of AUDs has substantially risen to 92.8 percent among the African-American population and 84 percent among women in the United States.
Moreover, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) shares that nearly 17.6 million people in the U.S. are suffering from alcohol abuse and dependence. More importantly, it highlights that more than half of all American adults have had a drinking problem in their families, with adverse consequences witnessed on children. Over 7 million children reside in a family where at least one parent is addicted to alcohol or has abused it earlier.
Treat alcohol abuse as a full-fledged epidemic
The repercussions of AUDs have largely remained ignored due to the focus of the medical fraternity, policymakers and other stakeholders on other substances like opioids, meth, etc. The alarming rise in the number of Americans dependent on alcohol does not commensurate with the number of centers offering residential alcohol treatment.
The magnitude of problematic drinking across the U.S. can be gauged from a speech made by President Donald Trump about how his elder brother Fred Trump had struggled with alcoholism and succumbed to its effects in 1981. Trump explained, “He had a very, very, very tough life because of alcohol. Believe me – very, very tough, tough life. He was a strong guy, but it was a tough, tough thing that he was going through. But I learned because of Fred. I learned.”
It is difficult to understand what causes an increasing number of people to abuse alcohol despite the awareness about the harmful effects of uncontrolled and risky patterns of drinking. If you or your loved one finds it difficult to curb your drinking habit, call at our 24/7 helpline number or chat with our online counselors for necessary information about alcohol addiction treatment in your vicinity.