Many people today view alcohol and drugs very differently than how they were portrayed years ago. In earlier years, there were not that many drugs that were used to save lives as the several different types of drugs that are used today. Today there are drugs used for different treatments for all kinds of diseases. Drugs are a business in which makes billions of dollars, both legally and illegally. Society views drugs majority of the time as something for saving lives, helping society for the better, but many don’t realize the millions of lives it’s destroying. Substance abuse from alcohol, illegal drugs to over the counter drugs and cigarettes can go from a casual once and a while thing to becoming an addiction. Substance abuse can be a huge gateway to addiction that can escalate very quickly. A lot of the time we convince ourselves that people chose to do these drugs so frequently, that addiction is a willing option they do to them-selves. Substance abuse and addiction are more than an individual problem it is a social issue.
Alcohol abuse is a rising concern in today’s world. More than 80,000 Americans die each year due to alcohol related incidents, making alcohol the third leading cause of preventable death in the United States.
The consequences that follow the use of any drug are unfavorable. Although many individuals may see drug addiction as a mere lifestyle choice, it is a problem that many individuals suffer from and inevitably a growing issue that leaves major social and economic impacts.
Often the issue of addiction causes many negative impacts to a person’s life. This affects the addict’s mind and physiology which may result in negatively impacting their interpersonal relationships with others and work environment. While addiction can range from the use of prescription drugs to illegal narcotics, the addiction that will be focused on is addiction to alcohol. Since the days of “speakeasy’s” and the prohibition era, alcohol has been the topic of conversation among the variety of cultures and socioeconomic status. Alcohol continues to contribute to the lives across generations as evidenced by music. Regardless of the musical genre, artists share their interpretation and experience of alcohol in the lyrics of their
Alcohol is the most dangerous licit psychoactive drug that has been in existence dating back to the ancient times. Alcohol in all its forms is consumed the world over during religious, social gatherings, cultural events and of late alcohol drinking contest. Its consumption which is due to low pricing policies and ready availability by all races, gender and ages. The negative impact of alcohol is observable in both the mental, physical, and social health of individuals who consume it.
Drug abuse has been a major issue in the United States. It has dated back to the 1800’s. Drug abuse has also been strongly influenced on our youth. Drug addiction has resulted from drug abuse. Drug addiction leads to an increase in crimes due to the cost of many drugs sold on the streets. Drug addiction is a disease which needs medical attention to overcome. There are different types of drugs that are classified in different categories, which will be discussed below. The United States is constantly fighting to control drug abuse. First, let’s talk about the history of drug abuse.
It is not uncommon to view drug addiction as a problem that is created and maintained by the drug addicts. Most of
Drug addiction is on the largest contributing factors for the deaths of millions of people throughout out the ages. Todays day in age drugs have become more dangerously more potent than they were a decade back. The majority of the population believe that the reason addicts become hooked on drugs because the the chemical triggers found in the drug. This has caused many society as a whole to look down on drug addicts and treat them with less respect than anyone who is not a drug addict. Johann Hari is an english author and journalist who was published articles in newspapers like the New York times, Huffington post and the Guardian, Hari has published his own book Chasing the Scream were he goes into a three year journey on the war on drugs.
Alcohol, one of the world’s most widely used and addictive drugs, has been displaying its harmful affects to American society for hundreds of years. Since the end of the Prohibition Era of the late 1920s, various groups (such as the Women’s Christian Temperance Union) have been battling for legislation banning the manufacture, distribution, and sale of this dangerous, but legal, substance. Although alcohol is a popular, gratifying and social drug, it does have very negative impacts on the American nation. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, there were 19,358 alcohol-induced deaths in the United States in the year 2000, not including motor vehicle fatalities (United States). The substance has also been linked to many violent street crimes. In 2002, “48% of unintentional firearm fatality victims whose blood was tested for alcohol, tested positive” (Alcohol. . .). Alcohol also has many severe long-term effects. It may also disorder one’s brain, nervous system, liver, heart and circulatory system, reproductive system, urinary system, and digestive system, making the consumption of the drug extremely detrimental to a user’s health (Effects. . .). The drug’s short-term effects, which include impairing coordination and judgment and potentially triggering temporary amnesia, give rise to equally dangerous implications.
Many of the greats had been drawn into addiction. Developing a relationship with the drug. It became an involvement with their lives, almost as much as music was. Neglecting what the drug did to their brain and body, “The effects on the body from continued use of this drug are very destructive.” Growing weaker and weaker their addictions hindered their musical performances, “Frequent injections can cause collapsed veins and can lead to infections of the blood vessels and heart valves.” Despite what the drug did directly to their bodies, a lack of education was also a factor in their demise, “... heroin users often share their needles [which] leads to AIDS and other contagious infections” unknowingly contributing to the death of so many others as well. The growing heroin epidemic was mainly influenced by heroins short-term effects, “abusers typically report feeling a surge of pleasurable sensation—a rush.” drowning out the long term effects until the were inescapable. To most the high is worth it. That feeling cannot be found anywhere else and once you experience it all you want to do is continue. No matter how pleasurable the consequences of heroin are severe. Heroin slowly causes the body to deteriorate into nothingness. A habitual abuser will be submerged in needle scars. It eventually changes a person 's appearance so drastically it looks as though their body is rotting. Still despite being aware of