Alcohol abuse can potentially lead to major health risks, “It can cause damage to the liver, brain, and other organs” (Medline Plus). Alcoholism is an issue that affects a great number of people. According to Medline Plus, “…about 18 million adult Americans have an alcohol use disorder (AUD)” (Medline Plus). When considering these figures only represent the adult population as well as only including the adults in the US, it is apparent that the issue is widespread. Not only does it affect the person but also those around them. Unfortunately many times it affects other members of their family the most. According to American Addiction Centers, “As a general rule, these people have a greater likelihood of having emotional troubles compared to children who grew up in sober homes”. This suggests that the children of the people who suffer from alcoholism are affected to a great extent on an emotional level. As stated by American Addiction Centers, “In general, children of individuals who abuse alcohol are four times more likely to abuse alcohol themselves”, which would then only further the cycle of alcohol
In the United States alone, nearly 18 million people have an addiction to alcohol. This drug can be a mild to chronic addiction and sometimes can turn out fatal for some people (Chakraburtty). Almost 100,000 people have died from overusing this drug (Chakraburtty). Alcoholism and alcohol abuse is not only damaging emotionally, physically, and mentally to the person who is doing it, but to the people around them as well.
Teenage drinking has a storied past in the United States. Alcohol was first introduced to America by the European traders and colonists. Most people instantly fell in love with this new drink. The one-hundred and fifty years between the Colonial period and the Revolutionary War was when alcohol really became popular. Alcohol was considered as a "Good Creature of God". It was used as a medicine and considered a tool for relaxation and good fellowship.
The problem of alcoholism or alcohol dependence is one of which is present in our society today. The problem is especially large in our country “In the US, 15 million people are currently affected by alcohol abuse or dependency” (Alcoholism Statistics, 2012, 1). The problem has been addressed many times in a number of different ways. Things such as alcoholics anonymous and rehab centers are two of the biggest ways that come to mind. With the ever evolving power of technology, apps have recently tried to solve this problem with the use of motivational items. Due to the fact that these apps don’t hold you accountable for drinking, I think that I can push the bar one step further. My idea is that of an app that not only holds you accountable for yourself, but for others as well.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, seventy six million Americans have been exposed to alcoholism in the family. That means one out of four families is affected by an alcoholic, making alcoholism responsible for more family problems than any other single cause (Parsons). Alcoholism is a disease that not only affects the individual, but also everyone around the alcoholic. Alcoholics can make irrational decisions that are harmful not only to themselves but also to the people around them. These irrational decisions can cause financial instability for the household which, in turn, contributes to neglect.
Alcohol abuse has been an issue in my life for quite some time now. I had my first “taste” at the age of fifteen, and from that moment on I was hooked. My father is an alcoholic, as was his father, and I was apparently unfortunate enough to be born with that same gene that quite possibly led to their self-destructive, difficult to break, habit. It took five years of belligerent drunkenness, trouble with the law, broken relationships, and denial for me to realize that I am an alcoholic. Luckily though, I have finally realized that I have a problem, and I am doing something about it before it is too late.
As excess alcohol consumption has become an increasing issue for global societies, government intervention must be considered by taking into account the market for alcoholic beverages and the nature of its supply and demand. This, in effect, addresses a much wider issue as to which type of government intervention—tax or minimum price—is more effective.
“The harmful use of alcohol is a global problem which compromises both individual and social development. It results in 2.5 million deaths each year. An intoxicated person can harm others or put them at risk of traffic accidents or violent behavior, or negatively affect co-workers, relatives, friends or strangers. Thus, the impact of the harmful use of alcohol reaches deep into society.” This is a scary statistic which figuratively states that every thirteen seconds someone dies in a death related to alcohol. CBS news reported that more than 30 percent of American adults have abused alcohol or suffered from alcoholism at some point in their lives. This is a staggering number which is widely overlooked because alcohol is legal. Those who suffer feel helpless and trapped by their addiction being unable to stop and quit on their own. Thankfully a man named, Bill Wilson, lead a group of men to write how to become set free from the slavery of addiction.
“For every family that is impacted by drugs, there are another 10 to 15 families impacted by alcohol abuse. It's a pretty big deal. We have a tendency to only look at part of the puzzle.” (Kevin Lewis). As a society we tend to categorize the severity of addiction in a way that drugs are the most dangerous and alcohol being just a problem. Because alcohol addiction can be a slow progressive disease many people don’t see it in the same light as drug addiction. An addiction to drugs is seen as being a more deadly and dangerous issue then that of alcohol because a drug addiction can happen more quickly and can kill more quickly. Alcohol is something that is easy to obtain, something that is found at almost every restaurant. People with an alcohol addiction can not hide from alcohol as easy as a drug addict. Approximately 7 million Americans suffer from alcohol abuse and another 7 million suffer from alcoholism. (Haisong 6) The dangers of alcohol affect everyone from children with alcoholic parents, to teenagers who abuse alcohol, then to citizens who are terrorized by drunk drivers.
In depth research and surveys conducted by substance abuse psychologist Janet Barrientos proves that genetics and learned behavior are a major factors in alcoholics. Barrientos claims that “We live in a society where alcohol is an acceptable drug that has addiction properties and that affects the body both physically and psychologically.” Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for people to have alcohol or drug addiction problems. It has been around for centuries, and continues to remain a part of the world, getting more popular and “normal” throughout time. The positivity in the matter is that there are influential developments such as Alcoholics Anonymous, and Narcotics Anonymous to help those who struggle deeply with an alcohol or drug addiction.
PGD involves a woman going through a standard IVF cycle, where the embryo is removed. The embryos develop in an IVF laboratory, and the cells are removed from each embryo and tested. PGD has helped many couples conceive healthy babies, after long periods of time of being unable to conceive, or who have serious genetic diseases in the family that are known to pass down from generation to generation. The use of PGD traditionally has been used for families with some of the following problems; single gene disorders, chromosomal structural abnormality, aneuploidy screening and if there is any history of recurrent
While a functioning alcoholic may feel like their addiction is not a problem, they often are unaware of how alcohol affects their life. From long-term health problems to issues at home, alcoholism can cause severe repercussions in the individual's life. The only way to prevent these problems from happening is to get treatment and stay sober.
2. How vulnerable is your company to a denial of service (DoS) attack or intrusion? What should be done about such vulnerabilities?