Of course it isn't easy to control, addictions never are... however it is still the responsibility of the individual to manage their situation.
So if alcoholism is a disease, are all addictions considered "diseases"?
i.e. smoking addiction, drug addiction, eating addiction, gambling addiction, video game addiction, etc
What if you work with chemicals that are known to cause cancer, is cancer then a choice? Of course there are differences between cancer and alcoholism. Was he trying to compare what he went through to what someone with cancer goes through, only he knowns; but I think LE's comparison was that they both destroy the bodies and destroy lives. In that way it is an accurate comparison.
I think that some on here fail to recognize how addictive and how big of a problem alcohol can be.
I don't think anyone here is arguing that alcoholism is worse than cancer, nor are they arguing the degree to which it can affect lives. Whether you think it is a disease or a choice doesn't matter. The fact is alcohol can ruin lives, end lives, or both. Whether you feel sympathetic or not, it also doesn't matter. The point is, when someone is dealing with a life threatening situation, brought upon by themselves or not, it is not something that should be joked about
Christine Maggiore was free to believe that there was no direct link between HIV and AIDS (of course, she and her daughter also died from pneumonia as a complication of untreated AIDS). But the fact is, the AMA, which does a hell of a lot more in medical or disease research than you ever will, does classify it as a disease.
I think the argument is Alchoholics have a choice. They chose to drink. If they have a problem they have a problem. Just quit trying to relate your problems to people who have got cancer. So some are saying alchohol should be considered on the same level as a women who got breast cancer and dies??? No because she had no choice. She could do nothing about it.
I understand Alchoholism sucks. I think we all get that. It's just not the same as if you catch a disease. It just is not.
The ISU pres was so short sighted to push him out. What if we would have taken the high road and helped him with his problem, second chance, etc. I wish we could have been "big" enough to do this. Instead, we pushed him out and suffered right along with him. I for one have suffered alcoholism as a result of watching our bball team after he left.