First Advisor

Chamberlin, Stacy


Kallan Nick


Regis College

Degree Name



Regis College Senior Honors Program

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access



Number of Pages

52 pages


Alcohol consumption has been a persisting event for much of recent human history. The prevalence of alcohol consumption has continued to rise with no signs of slowing anytime soon. In the United States, 86.8% of people over the age of 18 willingly admit to having consumed alcohol at some point in their lives. 70.7% of which admit having consumed alcohol in the past year, and over 50% of which have consumed it in the past month. Also rising in prevalence, is the amount of households where a child is being raised with at least one parent that has an alcohol related issue (1 0%). Recognizing the prevalence of alcohol consumption world-wide in company with being raised by an alcoholic personally, this thesis aims to answer personal questions of identity while looking at the chemistry of alcoholism. This thesis in particular, is the author's personal narrative intertwined with an in depth look at what it means to be an alcoholic. Rigorous research and reflection sheds light on alcohol's role in society, and its impact on not only it consumers. In doing so, this thesis provides meaning as to how alcoholic's and those who are affected may respond adequately.

Date of Award

Spring 2015

Location (Creation)

Colorado (state); Denver (county); Denver (inhabited place)

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