Alcoholism And The Human Body

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Alcoholism and the Human Body. Anita Samu Absher Southern New Hampshire University Abstract Alcoholism and the Human Body. “Ethyl alcohol, or ethanol, is an intoxicating ingredient found in beer, wine, and liquor. Alcohol is produced by the fermentation of yeast, sugars, and starches” (, 2014) and it has been part of our society for thousands of years. It is part of most social occasions we participate in, it is often celebrate an event or even mourn a loss but this substance can also become a problem for many and can potentially lead to addiction and dependence. “Alcoholism is a primary, chronic disease with genetic, psychosocial, and environmental factors influencing its development and manifestations. The disease is often progressive and fatal. It is characterized by impaired control over drinking, preoccupation with the drug alcohol, use of alcohol despite adverse consequences, and distortions in thinking, most notably denial. Each of these symptoms may be continuous or periodic.”(The Columbia Encyclopedia, 2013) According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “excessive alcohol us led to approximately 88,000 deaths each year in the United States from 2006- 2010. Further, excessive drinking was responsible for 1 in 10 deaths among working-age adults aged 20-64 years”.(, 2014). In other nations the disease is also very prevalent. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, in 2012, 3.3 million deaths, or 5.9
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