Moreover, second, many people believe being an addict will never happen to them, but, in reality, most addictions start off as simple little habits. Such as starting with one drink after dinner and before you know it you are drinking several drinks a day. However, one does not opt to be addicted to a substance, because addictions are physical defects in the brain, a disease, and not one’s choice.
Alcohol is the premier drug choice among many youths. A national survey found that slightly more than half of young adults in the United States between the ages of 12 and 20 have consumed alcohol at least once. A psychoactive drug that depresses the central nervous system, alcohol, like tobacco, affects both the mind and the body. It lowers the brain’s ability to control behavioral functions and impairs one’s ability to perform basic motor skills. In today’s society, it is not a surprise for young teens to consume alcohol before they have reached the legal drinking age of twenty-one.
Alcohol Abuse and the State In our country today there is a serious problem plaguing families and people everywhere. This problem is alcohol abuse and alcohol addiction, and it is not something that will go away. According to many sources this problem can cause many implications and can casue severe harm to those it touches(Venturrelli 222). And one of the main problems with the disease of alcoholism, is that it does not effect just the drinkers, but everyone who cares about them. It is seen as impossible to ever cure all situations of alcohol abuse, but is possible to help those who have a problem and to try and prevent others from becoming addicted.
Alcohol is the most commonly used and highly abused drug in the world. In the United States alone, 17.6 million people suffer from alcohol dependence, or better known as alcoholism. Alcoholism is a chronic, progressive disease marked by a growing compulsion to drink and impaired control over drinking that eventually interfere with health and social behavior. It is an addiction that effects more people than just the alcoholic. Over 100,000 Americans die as a result of alcohol abuse.
There is no known cure for alcoholism, but alcoholics can lead productive lives with help. There are many organizations that can help alcoholics such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). and Rational Recovery Systems. There are also organizations that promote abstinence from drinking such as S.A.D.D. (Students Against Drunk Driving) and M.A.D.D.
Alcoholism About 1.3 million adults received treatment for an alcohol use disorder at a specialized facility just in 2013. According to the Proquest database, alcoholism is commonly referred to as the excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages. The world health organization estimates there are 140 million alcoholics worldwide. Alcoholism can lead to ca crashes, crimes, violence, abuse, reduced workplace activity and illness. Also according to centers for disease control and prevention, excessive alcohol use is the third leading lifestyle-related cause of death in America.
Many people believe that alcoholics are people that are the skid row winos and bums. This is a common misconception, actually ninety-four percent of alcoholics live at home, while only six percent are the skid row type. Ninety percent of all alcoholics are employed, and many work for years before their alcoholism becomes so bad that they cannot perform their job. Federal officials estimate that the abuse of alcohol costs the economy well over one-hundred billion dollars every year. Alcohol does this by making people be less productive at work, taking more sick days, sustaining on the job injuries, collecting more workmen?s compensation, and increasing health insurance premiums.
The Treatment and Prevention of Alcoholism There are approximately seventeen million people in various stages of alcoholism. (Fischman R. 1992 pg.77). The cost to our society for alcoholism is an estimated one hundred And seventeen million dollars. Over half of all hospital emergency room accidents or Illnesses. These are just a few examples of the destruction and loss that alcohol causes.
A man who has more than four drinks at one time or more than fourteen drinks a week is also considered an alcoholic and should seek the same advice on what to do to be helped. A drink is considered one bottle of beer (12 oz. ), 1 glass of wine (red or other), 1 mixed drink, or 1 Shot. The effects to your health done by the abuse of al... ... middle of paper ... ...s of a teenage life. If you do decide to drink alcoholic beverages, do so with responsibility, which is thought to be no more than a drink per day for women and no more than two drinks per day for men.
Like they are going out and working, and paying there bills like every other American. Shouldn 't they be allowed the same justice with being allowed to drink? Do you know that tobacco products kill more people than alcohol? Most people think alcohol is such a big killer but tobacco products kill a lot ,more people per year. According to The World Health Organization, almost 2.5 million people die from alcohol per year, and about 6 million people die from tobacco products each year.