Essay about Alcoholism

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Alcoholism Alcohol Dependence is a disease characterized by: a strong need or compulsion to drink, the frequent inability to stop drinking once a person has begun, the occurrence of withdrawal symptoms (nausea, sweating, shakiness) when alcohol use is stopped after a period of heavy drinking, and the need for increasing amounts of alcohol in order to feel an affect. Most experts agree that alcoholism is a disease just as high blood pressure, diabetes and arthritis are diseases. Like these other diseases, alcoholism tends to run in the family. Drinking alcohol is not the only factor that leads to alcoholism, it is a chronic disease that leaves an everlasting effect on the person's life and his family. The basic difference between the…show more content…
It also examines hypothetical role relationships between moderate drinkers and alcoholics. She argues after accepting alcoholism a disease, Alcoholics generally are attributed unfavorable characteristics and a vast majority of the respondents reject them in close relationships. Responses toward the other groups (for example, blind, cancer patients) are considerably more favorable. In addition to the between-group differences, additional differences in attitudes are related to the characteristics of the respondents. This finding suggests that although lay perspectives are usually overlooked by service programs, these neglected perspectives are important (Ries 338). People who begin smoking before age 13 are significantly more likely to have drug and alcohol problems. Hanna and Grant in their research on alcoholism reached on conclusions based on data gathered from the 1992 National Longitudinal Alcohol Epidemiologic Survey. The survey included 42,862 peoples ages 18 or older. Diagnosis of depression and drug use disorders were made based on questions from Alcohol Use Disorders and Association Disabilities Interview Schedule also known as AUDIS. The 3 survey asked respondents about the onset, duration and volume of daily smoking and about any
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