Alcoholism has been a recurring problem in the United states for countless years. The abundance of alcoholism in the country grew during the 1930s due to the effects of the Great Depression. Alcoholism can be triggered by many stressors; one of the most influential being financial hardship. The Great Depression, otherwise known as the longest and deepest economic crisis of the United States was a tremendous catalyst for alcoholism within the country. People were resorting to alcohol as a way to escape from the pain, but little did they know their “escape” creates a trap for their friends, family, and ultimately themselves.
Buzz Aldrin entered the U.S Air Force in 1951 where he scored in the top of his class in flight school and began fighter training later that year. He later joined the 51st Fighter Wing where he flew F-86 Sabre jets in 66 combat missions in Korea. His wing of the Air Force was responsible for the enemy KIA record during combat where his group killed 61 enemy MiG’s and grounded 57 others in one month of combat. Aldrin himself shot down two MiG’s and was decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross for his service during the war (Buzz Aldrin). In 1953 he returned home and attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1963, he was selected by NASA to be part of the third group of men to attempt pioneer space flight. In 1966, he was selected to the Gemini 12 crew. During this mission, Aldrin went on a 5 hour spacewalk. The longest and most successful spacewalk at that time. He was later selected for the backup crew for the Apollo 8 mission but never went up with the craft. But very soon after he was chosen to be part of the Apollo 11 mission with Neil Armstrong. They spent a total of 21 hours on the lunar surface, and returned of 46 pounds of moon rocks. The walk was televised and around 600 million people watched it back home on Earth. This became the largest television audience in history. He returned and later retired in 1972. He wrote an autobiography where he admitted that when he came home he suffered with alcohol and depression problems. To counter this he went back to NASA and helped try to design a spacecraft to take humans to Mars and founded a few
Alcoholism is one of the most intractable and pervasive psychological disorders known. Though the negative health consequences of alcohol are widely understood, and, if anything, the social consequences of alcoholism are even more widely acknowledged, it seems that no matter what steps are taken by public health officials or private organizations, no strategy can ever be fully developed for eradicating alcoholism. There are a number of reasons why this is true. This paper will explore some of the social and medical problems created by alcohol, but in it I will also consider the role of alcohol in my personal life and the way I have seen the disease play out in the lives of people around me. The paper will also examine the social and political responses to the problem of alcoholism and attempt to determine where productive approaches have been taken and areas where mistakes have been made. Before discussing such wide-ranging questions, it is important to understand what alcoholism is and how it is manifested.
Alcoholic beverages are the only consumable products in the U.S. that do not have nutrition labels. Consumers are being kept in the dark about serving size, alcoholic content, calories, carbohydrates, fats, protein, cholesterol and other nutrition information. Alcohol, specifically ethyl alcohol or ethanol, is produced by fermenting the starch or sugar in various fruits and grains. Alcoholic beverages produced by fermentation and distillation include beer that is usually about 4 to 6 % alcohol, wine that is usually 7 to 15% alcohol, and hard liquor which is about 45% alcohol.
Neil Armstrong, one of the astronauts on the landing module, became the first man to walk on the moon on Monday July 21, 1969. As he stepped off the ladder onto the moon, Armstrong declared, "That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind." After about twelve minutes, Buzz Aldrin joined him on the surface. For two and a half hours the astronauts collected samples,
Alcoholism is a disease that not only affects the user’s behavior, but strains financial standing and social interaction (“Alcohol Problems vs. Alcohol Dependency”). Jeanette’s father in The Glass Castle, an undiagnosed alcoholic, would be the poster child for alcoholism in America with his many blatantly obvious symptoms. His relationships with the people around him, his finances, and his control over his actions and emotions deteriorate as the memoir develops. With this, Walls paints a very accurate account of alcoholism and its effect in America.
Finally, Neil Armstrong is known as a national hero. Armstrong along with two other astronauts, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins, landed their aircraft, the Apollo 11 successfully on the moon after four days. They opened the hatch of the craft, Armstrong climbed down the ladder, and he says,” That’s one small step for man, one giant step for mankind”(“Neil Armstrong”). In spite of, the obstacles and pressure on him; he went down in history being the first man on the moon.
Ms. A is a 24-year-old, Caucasian female. She was referred for a psychological evaluation by her therapist for her excessive use of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Disorder. Additionally, Ms. A stated she has been experiencing a loss of interest, low self-esteem and feeling anxious. She complains that her struggle with substance abuse has negatively impacted her interpersonal relationships, behavioral, emotional as well as her health. The purpose of the current evaluation is to (1) evaluate her level of functioning, (2) determine diagnostic impression and (3) recommend relevant treatment and service needs.
When does drinking to much alcohol turn into a disorder? How can one identify the symptoms of alcoholism? When a person begins to drink alcohol excessively, in large quantities, and numerous times a week, it is a good sign that an alcohol substance use disorder is beginning. “Alcohol is a legal drug, but one that carries a significant risk of addiction” (AAC, 2018, para. 1). Alcohol is in the depressant family with the following symptoms: quickly absorbed into the bloodstream affecting the central nervous system, depression, poor coordination, more talkative, slows down sound judgment, slows reaction time, blurred vision, and impaired thinking/memory.
Substance use is very common among people diagnosed with mental illness. This paper will examine the results of two studies on, at high risk and want to quit: Marijuana use among adults with depression or serious psychological distress by Yuyan Shi (2014). Factors associated with depression and suicide attempts in patients undergoing rehabilitation for substance use by Ortiz-Gomez, Lopez-Canul, and Arankowsky-Sanoval (2014).
Families who are dealing with members who have mental illness and substance abuse face many problems. Particularly schizophrenia is characterized by delusional thoughts, seeing and hearing things that others don’t see or hear, loss of emotional expression and problems with cognitive skills and motivation (Elements, 2014). In some cases schizophrenia can cause the onset of substance abuse, in other cases substance abuse can mimic symptoms of schizophrenia. Medications such as antipsychotics can assist individuals with the symptoms of schizophrenia as long as they are properly diagnosed. Yet antipsychotics are proven to have significant side effects, some even life threatening (Muench & Hamer 2010). A cycle can then begin to occur with individuals who are using substances to self-medicate. The purpose of this paper is to determine and explain the cycle that can occur with individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia who self-medicate with substances as well as the cycle of antipsychotics. Treatment will be discussed in the scope of treating the whole family.
The purpose of this literature review is to investigate methods for decrease recidivism among formerly jailed population who have mental illness or substance abuse problems. The first section of this literature review explores programs on help people with mental illness or substance abuse, the second section discusses finding health care for them and lastly, the third section reviews effective discharge planning.
Cocaine, meth, marijuana, nicotine etc. The list of dangerous and harmful drugs goes on and on. However, one of the deadliest drugs not mentioned above is alcohol. From the time when alcohol was legalized in America on March 22nd, 1933, to the present day, society has become accustomed to the idea of binge drinking (an excessive amount of alcohol in a short amount of time). Alcoholism is now becoming more and more of a social norm. According to a National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 56% of people ages 18 and up reported to have drank in the last month. Alcohol use is promoted in almost all aspects of our lives, whether on billboards in the city, at local gas stations, or especially on the television. Many television shows are based around the idea of drinking, having main characters take part in the socially accepted norm. One of the TV shows that effectively addresses the notion to people associated with alcoholics and the effects on others around them is The Office more specifically in the episode “Moroccan Christmas”.
Close to 80% of people over the age of 15 use alcohol as a choice (Macleans 58). This percent of people is outrageous if it is applied to the population of the world. Alcoholism is the pattern of alcohol use that involves problems controlling drinking, being preoccupied with alcohol, and continuing to use alcohol even when it causes problems among loved ones (“Alcoholism”). Alcohol is a dangerous thing if it is put into the wrong hands. People do not realize just how harsh alcohol can be on someone and their loved ones. Alcoholism is a disease that affects 2.3 million people that can be prevented if certain symptoms are noticed right away, but also has very negative long-term results and is very hard to cure unless the person is willing to