Alcoholism And The Consumption Of Alcoholic Liquor

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Over eighty percent of the world’s population over the age of eighteen has consumed an alcoholic beverage sometime in their lives. Of which, fifty-six percent of them have consumed an alcohol this month (http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/). “Alcoholism is an addiction to the consumption of alcoholic liquor. Alcoholism is considered to be a mental illness that results in alcohol dependency” (Webster Dictionary). Statistics state that there were 2.5 million deaths worldwide; and 88,000 deaths in the United States that were alcohol-related. Alcohol is a serious drug that can cause serious damage. Alcohol is a drug that affects the mind and the body. Almost 2,000 people, in the United States, under the age of twenty-one die in car crashes in which underage drinking was involved annually. Nearly half of all violent deaths involving teens involve the use of alcohol (www.psychcentral.com ).
It is believed that the drinking age from eighteen to twenty-one will reduce fatalities and limit addiction. Alcoholism is an illness and causes permanent damage to your brain cells. This is the main reason why I believe the legal drinking age in the Bahamas should be twenty-one instead of eighteen. A person’s brain is not fully developed until they reach the age of twenty-five. This three year time difference between eighteen and twenty-one will give a person’s brain more time to develop and be able to handle the effect of alcohol better (www.urmc.rochester.edu).
Alcohol consumption can cause…
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