About True Life:
Since its first episode in 1998, True Life has provided a window into the struggles, hopes, and dreams of young people. Narrated solely by its characters, each episode documents the unusual--and often remarkable--circumstances of real individuals, whether it's about soldiers returning from Iraq, deaf teenagers, or people living with autism. We've given all of them--and hundreds of others--the opportunity to tell their own stories directly to their peers in this powerful, Emmy award winning series that uniquely reflects the experiences and cultures of this generation.
“I’m An Alcoholic” was very interesting because it showed two very different stories of alcoholism. They showed one story where the alcoholic realizes their problem and is able to overcome their addiction with the help of family and friends. And then the other story, where the alcoholic refuses to admit their problem and continues on with destroying their life with alcohol. MTV not only illustrated how dangerous alcoholism is, but also just how difficult it is to fight the addiction- though it can be done with determination, a desire to quit, and the help of family and friends. One other interesting aspect of this show was the alcoholics it chose to document. Both are young, attractive females. Because there are undoubtedly young men with alcoholism, I find it curious that MTV did not choose to document any of them. Are there truly a far greater number of females with alcoholism than males? Or is MTV trying to say something about the female gender, perhaps that women are less in control of their behavior than men? Or do young, attractive females attract more audiences than males? Or perhaps it was a mere oversight, nothing intentional about it.