How is this a disability??

United States
October 3, 2008 9:46pm CST
There is something i don't understand. How is alcoholism a disability to the point where you can receive a disability check for it? You poisoned your life to the point where alcohol is an addiction and drinking has totally taken over your life, congratulations, here is some money so you don't have to work and spend your entire day setting around drinking. To me thats like rewarding someone for being an alcoholic. And what upsets me even more is those who are denied disability, who have severe health problems they have no control over, while alcoholics get disability for something they did to themselves. What sense does this make?? And yeah alcoholics probably have difficulty getting disability just like everyone else, but what on earth is there reasoning for getting it???
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@lizard211 (240)
• United States
4 Oct 08
What?? Gees, this is crazy! I totally agree with you - what have we come to? Ummm, I just thought of something because I am trying to understand how this could happen. If someone is a smoker and gets lung cancer, can they get disability? Or if someone is obese (not caused by genetics) and gets diabetes or just can no longer walk, can they take disability? I am just trying to be the "devil's advocate" even though I do think it is crazy.
• United States
4 Oct 08
I do not know about the lung cancer one, but on the obese and diabetes i think it would depend on how severe it is. As for obesity in general, i have no idea, and i haven't heard of any of those happening, but i would be interested in finding out.
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@Foxxee (3654)
• United States
4 Oct 08
Actually someone that is so obese to the point they can't walk, yes they can apply for disability. Also someone with severe social problems can also apply for SSI. I guess some people really have it bad. It's a sickness. && about the lung cancer, yes, anyone with lung cancer, if it stops them from working && so on, they also can apply && get a check. It doesn't matter if smoking caused it or not. If your truly disabled or have a sickness that stops you from living life normally, you should be allowed to apply.
• United States
5 Oct 08
i have no idea.. just rewarding the wrong people as usual.. look at all the fake people that get disability and those that need it dont get it.. hell maybe i should pose as a drunk.. it might help my case haha