Alcoholism And Its Effects On Society

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Many different things can affect one 's life, such as divorce, death, or a loss of job. One of the most obvious isn 't very obvious to the everyday eye anymore. Alcoholism is a problem in most lives, but is usually pushed aside and the other problems in life are blamed. There are many examples of this tragedy in our lives. Alcoholism doesn 't just affect the abusser 's life, but can affect the lives of his loved ones. Alcoholism affects his health and privlages that he uses in everyday life. According to the National Health interview survey, more than 50% of the population aged 18 or older uses alcohol as a stimulant/ depressent. (alcoholismstatistics.net) People drink for different reasons, some being depression and others binge…show more content…
This is usually called "Alcohol Dependence". 15% of Americans are problem drinkers, 5% to 10% male, and 3% to 5% female, and could be diagnosed as "alcohol dependent" according to the National Institutes of Health.(www.medicalnewstoday.com) Alcoholism or alcohol dependence is defined by the American Medical Assosiation (AMA) as a "primary chronic desease with genetic, physchosial, and eviromental factors influencing its developement,, and manifestations." Some of these symptoms are anxiety or jumpyness, shaking or trembling, sweating, nasuea or vomiting, insomnia, depression, irritability, fatigue, loss of appetite, and headaches. Those most vunerable to problem drinking are between the ages 18-29, least susceptible are 65 and older.(usatoday.com) Heavy drinking can cause Anemia, where the number of oxygen carrying red blood cells will be abnormally low. With all of the health risks of alcohol, it is still being consumed for fun or entertainment. In reality people don 't realize all the health risks. Another disease is Cardiovascular Disease, when heavy drinking causes blood clots. The most serious disease caused by alcoholism is death.Nearly 88,0007 people (approximately 62,000 men and 26,000 women8) die from alcohol related causes annually, making it the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States. In 2012, alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities accounted for 10,322 deaths (31
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