Alcoholism And Alcoholism

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Alcoholism is a pattern of alcohol consumption that involves difficulties controlling your drinking, being preoccupied by alcohol, and binge drinking to the point at which you will have withdrawal symptoms when you decrease your alcohol intake or stop drinking all together (Mayo Clinic Staff, 2017). Alcohol affects every organ in the body by acting as a central nervous system depressant that is absorbed by the stomach and small intestine and gets metabolized by the liver, but any excess alcohol that the liver cannot metabolize is sent to circulate throughout the body. Because of this liver disease, digestive, heart, diabetes, sexual, and eye problems are more likely to occur because of a person’s excessive alcohol use. Alcoholism is a much bigger problem than just the diseases and illnesses it can bring on to the person abusing alcohol; it is…show more content…
Alcoholism affects 9.8 million men and 5.3 million women, just here in the United States. Only about 6.7% of those who have alcohol use disorder received treatment within the last year. Those who are not legally allowed to drink alcohol because they are underage also struggle with alcoholism, a total of 5.1 million of these people have a prevalence of binge drinking while another 1.3 million people have a prevalence of heavy alcohol use. In the United States, 26.9% of people 18 and over reported they engaged in binge drinking within the past month. Also, 37.9% of college students have binge drank in the last month and 12.5% have a prevalence of heavy alcohol use (NIAAA, 2015). Heavy alcohol usage amongst teens has also been increasing and the trends mostly represent 10th and 12th graders. In Adults, alcoholism amongst women falls with age along with the use of alcohol. However, with men, alcohol use stays steady amongst all ages over 18, but the dependence falls as age progresses (NIAA,
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