In P.T.I an important message is that alcoholism and abuse can lead to harming not just there self but family too.
"Dad said I wasn't listening. So he got all drunk and tried to make my ear a little bigger."
" What happened to your head?"
When the holidays rolled around, we didn't have any money for presents, so Dad did what he always does when we don't have enough money. He took what little money we did and ran away to get drunk.
"They had a big party and your sister and husband passed out in the back bedroom. And a curtain drifted in on the wind and caught the hot plate, and the trailer burned down quick."
Alexie wants us to realize based on the quote that violence and alcoholism is't always the answer in life and that's a big part in life of Junior because his best friends parents drink to much and that's when violence comes in there family.
Alexie wants us to realize based on the quote that when people have pain they try to make it go away. In Junior's life his dad tries to make the pain go away by drinking.
Alexie wants us to realize based on the quote that alcoholism and violence mostly leads to death and most of the time family feels sorry they couldn't do anything about it.