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Summarize in not more than 120 words, describing how Sam became an alcoholic and later kicked the habit.

 
" I want some more beer ..." Sam turned around and saw a dirty, unshaven drunkard mumbling in coherently as he wobbled aimlessly along the road. Shaking his head, Sam continued his way back home.

Sam did not bother to switch on the lights at home. Everyone must be asleep at this late hour, he thought. He tiptoed into Marie's bedroom and found her sleeping soundly, snugly tucked under her pink comforter. Sam bent over and kissed his beloved five-year-old daughter's forehead. "Thanks, dear. If it was not for you, I would never have turned over a new leaf," Sam whispered in gratitude, recalling the drunken man he saw a while ago.

A year ago, after being retrenched from his computer company, Sam felt dejected and worried about how he was going to provide for his family. The situation worsened when he failed to secure a job after months of intensive searching. Soon, Sam began to indulge in alcoholic drinks to drown his sorrows. His savings which was used to sustain the family expenses during his retrenchment was tremendously depleted by his drinking habits. Soon his wife, Catherine, became the family's sole bread winner.

Catherine's efforts to stop Sam from drinking were futile. Alcohol had transformed the once-gentle family man into a violent beast. Sam began to hit his wife when she refused to give hi money for his drinks. Once Catherine tried hiding his drinking bottles, hoping to stop Sam from drinking. Sam was so agitated when he could not find his bottles that he locked Marie into her bedroom and threatened her into revealing the hiding place. The incident instilled terror in Marie and thereafter, she tried her best to avoid Sam.

These traumatic incidents continued until the launch of the "stop Drinking" campaign by the government. Striking and persuasive posters were put up in the public to persuade alcoholics to kick their habit. None of them succeeded in bringing Sam to his senses except one. The poster illustrated an alcoholic man abusing his wife while their terrified daughter cried helplessly. The slogan accompanying the poster was: 'Will Your Children Be Able To Draw A Happy Family Again?'. Sam suddenly recalled a poster entitled 'Happy Family' drawn by Marie for school before he began drinking. As if released from a spell, he realized how irresponsible and abusive he had been. Overcome with guilt, he quit drinking totally.

"Sam, why aren't you going to sleep?" asked a concerned Catherine.

"I'm coming, Catherine," Sam replied with a smile as he headed for his room.

 
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Sam became a drunkard after failing to find a job following his retrenchment. His savings was reduced so quickly that Catherine had to work to support the family. Despite Catherine's advice, he persisted hi drinking habits and even extorted money from her, hitting her when he refused to give in. He once locked up Marie in the bedroom, forcing her to reveal the whereabouts of his beer bottles which Catherine used to hide. The event instilled terror in Marie and thereafter she tried her best to avoid Sam. During the "Stop Drinking" campaign launched by the government, Sam came to his senses when he saw a broken family of a drunkard. From then on, he quit drinking.. ( 117 words )

     
turn over a new leaf   to start behaving in a better way
     
dejected   unhappy, disappointed or lacking hope
     
traumatic   If an experience is traumatic, it causes you severe emotional shock and upset
     
 
 

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