Alcoholism is a demon that's just as bad as any other addiction. What can make alcoholism worse, though, is our society's passive response to people who drink too much. Because of this attitude, alcohol addiction is severely underreported, and it's often left undiagnosed.
This is, of course, a very bad thing. Along with a declining quality of life, alcoholism can also cause extreme physical ailments. The latest and most tragic example of this comes to us from China.
Every day for the past 30 years, Hong Shu, a Guangzhou native, has consumed two liters of baijiu -- a Chinese liquor.
That's equivalent to about a half gallon of the stuff.
Shu's addiction is catching up with him. Over the last decade, he has developed a huge neck tumor that doctors describe as a "horse's neck."
The tumor has made it very difficult for Shu to eat, sleep, and breathe.
Doctors have been forced to perform three surgeries on Shu to remove some of the tumor's fatty deposits.
While it's difficult to say for sure if daily alochol consumption caused the tumor, it was certainly a factor.
I feel bad for Hong Shu. It's obvious that he's very sick, and that he needs to get help immediately. We can only hope that treatment for his alcohol abuse will be included in his recovery plan.