Alcohol Abuse : The Unfriendly Substance

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Alcohol Abuse: The Unfriendly Substance

Madison Fulp
North Carolina A&T State University
Ms. Platt
BIOL 100- Section 8 10/3/2015 (Fall)

Is alcohol abuse real? This is the question many Americans ask themselves when alcohol intake is in effect. “Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant that is rapidly absorbed from the stomach and small intestine into the bloodstream” (“Alcohol”, 2014, para.1). While alcohol abuse is a diagnosis of alcohol use disorder characterized by a maladaptive pattern of drinking alcohol (Edwards, 2014, p. 1). Alcohol abuse can bring about many different topics and can sometimes be a touchy subject. This is why most people never fully grasp the full affect it has and the dangers it possess. Whenever alcohol is in the picture whether you are at a college party or even just having a drink sitting at home, you should be well educated on this substance and prepared for anything that could happen while it is being consumed. (Blizzard, 2004) “There were nearly 20,000 alcohol-induced deaths in 2001, according to the aggregated data, 63% of Americans report that they drink alcoholic beverages such as liquor, wine, or beer, while 37% totally abstain”(p.1). The signs of alcohol abuse, the consequences it has, and how it can be treated, are informative categories most Americans should know about alcohol and how it can be abused.
Signs of alcohol abuse may vary between individuals, although there are still common signs that include, drinking as a…
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