Effects of Alcohol Abuse on the Human Body

1919 Words8 Pages
Introduction The effects of alcohol on the human body are well documented. Researchers have over time demonstrated that excessive consumption of alcohol, what is herein referred to as alcohol abuse, does adversely affect the human body. In this text, I define the term alcohol abuse and examine the effects excessive consumption of alcohol has on the human body. What is Alcohol Abuse? It is important to note from the onset that the term alcohol abuse does not have an assigned definition. While the same can loosely be translated as the excess consumption of any kind of alcoholic beverage, different jurisdictions tend to differ over what amount of alcohol should be regarded excess for different people. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC (2012) defines moderate drinking "as having up to 1 drink per day for women and up to 2 drinks per day for men." Anything above this limit can hence be considered heavy or excessive drinking. On the other hand, alcohol abuse in the opinion of Steinglass (1987) "refers to a chronic pattern of excessive alcohol consumption in the face of recurrent adverse physical or behavioral-social consequences." This is the definition of alcohol abuse adopted in this text. Alcohol in the Human Body As I have already pointed out in the introductory section, the adverse effects of alcohol on the human body are well documented based on numerous studies conducted in the past. Before

More about Effects of Alcohol Abuse on the Human Body

Open Document