The Effects of Alcohol Abuse

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In the world we live in today, people have quite easy access to things that can corrupt them. These things cloud one’s judgment and coerce people into doing things they should not. Alcohol is one of those things. Alcohol is extremely easy to get ahold of. It can be attained from anywhere; there are bars and liquor stores on every corner. One can get alcohol in grocery stores, gas stations, people can even brew it themselves if they know how. Alcohol that is commonly abused comes in a large variety ranging from weaker alcohols like wine and beer to stronger substances like tequila and vodka. When one abuses alcohol it taints the minds of even the purest souls and then they do things they normally would not do or it brings out their darker sides. Out of all the adults in the nation over half have a history of alcohol abuse or excessive drinking in their families (Research Society on Alcoholism 1). The Research Society defines alcohol abuse as five or more drinks in one day at least one time a week for men, and four or more for women (Research Society on Alcoholism 1). Alcoholism has many negative effects such as causing economic instability, violence, health problems, and can lead to death of not just the drinker but people around them. Although alcohol abuse has many negative effects on the lives of families, the worst are domestic violence, child abuse, and health issues. “In 2009, an estimated 3.5 million California adults ages 18-65 reported that they had been a victim of intimate partner violence…when asked if their partner had appeared to be drinking alcohol or using drugs during the most recent incident, almost half replied in the affirmative” (Holtby 2). Domestic violence is one of the more vicious of the effects of alcoho... ... middle of paper ... ...umption Creates Numerous Health and Safety Risks." Impact of Alcoholism and Alcohol Induced Disease on America. 2011. 1-5. Rpt. In Alcohol Abuse. Ed. Christine Watkins. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2012. At Issue. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 12 Dec. 2013.Document URL Http://ic.galegroup.com/ic/ovic/ViewpointsDetailsPage/ViewpointsDetailsWindow?failOverType=&query=&p... SEREC, MAŠA, Et Al. "Health-Related Lifestyle, Physical And Mental Health In Children Of Alcoholic Parents." Drug & Alcohol Review 31.7 (2012): 861-870. Academic Search Premier. Web. 12 Jan. 2014. Walls, Jeannette. The Glass Castle: A Memoir. New York: Scribner, 2005. Print. Widom, Cathy S., Ph.D., and Susanne Hiller-Sturmhofel, Ph.D. "Alcohol Abuse as a Risk Factor for and Consequence of Child Abuse." N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Jan. 2014. .
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