Effects Of Alcohol On The Society

2170 Words Apr 15th, 2016 9 Pages
Alcohol, or more accurately identified as ethanol, is the type of alcohol in alcoholic beverages. It can be a very controlling and addictive drug. Alcohol can be produced both synthetically and naturally through the process of fermentation of fruits, vegetables, and grains. Although alcohol can be considered a social icebreaker and may seem to produce an energy rush, this initial reaction hides alcohol’s true effects as a depressant that slows the nervous system. Alcohol can affect a person’s motor skills by slowing the reaction time, impairing vision, diminishing clear thinking and good judgment. Addictive consumption can have both adverse social and economic effects on the individual drinker, the drinker’s immediate environment and society as a whole. Due to alcohol consumption on the material welfare of the society as a whole, binge drinking leads to a negative impact of social and economic costs, impacting directly- the value of goods and services delivered to address the harmful effects of alcohol, and indirectly- the value of personal productive services that are not delivered as a consequence of drinking. Alcohol is the foremost drug of abuse in the United States today, following the effects of alcohol abuse and alcoholism. It has a negative impact on society as a whole in terms of resources required for criminal justice, health care costs and other social institutions, being damaging to our nation 's economy both directly and indirectly just as the health…
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