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Luke Gatti Really Wants His Mac and Cheese

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Video of a disgruntled and apparently drunk 19-year-old UConn student, Luke Gatti, is going viral. Warning – the video below is probably NSFW, so watch at your own discretion. Gatti is seen verbally abusing and pushing a manager at their on-campus food shop because he couldn’t get his mac and cheese.

You might be thinking, “So what?! Just another drunk kid acting stupid.” But is there more to this event than meets the eye? And could this be a more telling tale about alcohol abuse in college and how we handle it?

Related: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know About Luke Gatti

Luke Gatti: #MacandCheese

Luke Gatti was eventually tackled by staff and arrested by UConn campus police around 10:00PM Sunday night. Here are some facts about Gatti that you probably don’t already know:

Gatti was arrested twice last year while attending the University of Massachusetts for the same behavior. So, what’s the common denominator? All these incidents appear to have alcohol involvement.  Luke may or may not be suffering from alcoholism, but alcohol certainly appears to play a huge role in his inappropriate behaviors. What’s Luke like when he isn’t intoxicated?

Another interesting fact about Luke’s on-paper history, is that his alcohol consumption mysteriously ends up missing from arrest reports. One article suggests his drunkenness, but the rest of the stories are focused on his behavior. Maybe we need to look at this one further… Is there an underlying issue that is causing Gatti to act out? How many other college students are suffering from these same bedevilments and are just treated as “problem children” instead of suffering from a potential mental health disorder, like alcoholism?

No one is condoning Gatti’s behavior, but it’s worth looking deeper for a solution to his outbursts, rather than just arresting and/or publicly humiliating someone who is clearly struggling with some sort of mental health disorder, behavioral disorder, alcohol abuse, or all three.  The unfortunate truth about mental health disorders and the disease of alcoholism is that they don’t have the same symptoms as other physical illnesses; they show up in unpleasant behaviors that are often widely judged. Instead of judging young adults like Luke, we need to be digging further into the truth and seeing if treatment for alcoholism and mental health is better suited than just a slap on the wrist, some jail time, and fines.

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