Soc 203 social problems

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Alcoholism: A Social Problem

I. Introduction Alcoholism is a major social problem that not only has an impact on the life of an alcoholic, but family members as well as society. Alcoholism is the third most common mental illness that affects more than 17 million people in the United States according to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse. Alcoholism does not discriminate against age, race nor gender.
II. Scope Alcoholism is defined as a disorder characterized by the excessive consumption of and dependence on alcoholic beverages, leading to physical and psychological harm, impaired social, and vocational functioning (dictionary.com). Alcohol is the number one drug problem in the
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Alcohol Anonymous was founded in 1935 and offers a twelve step program to help individuals kick the addiction. Fellowshipping with other alcoholics, sharing troubles of the addiction, and having a sponsor has shown to help addicts in their recovery process. Most counseling treatment centers focus on teaching a healthier lifestyle, overlooking the importance of the socioeconomic structure (Nikelly, A., 1994).
V. Social Implications The social implications of alcoholism are somewhat endless. According to an alcohol rehabilitation website (www.promises.com/articles/social-effects-alcoholism/) they list the following the following implications:
Impaired judgment
Promiscuity
Loss of friends
Embarrassment
Regret
Loss of career
Criminal activity
Loss of family These implications are most common among alcoholics. Unfortunately, the alcoholics themselves do not realize this until they have gone through treatment. The most troubling social implication is the loss of family and dysfunction. “Comparisons between alcoholic and normal families have revealed that families of alcoholics are more troubled and dysfunctional” (Rotunda, R., Scherer, D., & Imm, P., 1995). I believe one can overcome most of the social implications that are listed, but it is difficult to repair the damage one causes their family. I know the result of damaging family relations as my sister has become an alcoholic. She refuses to accept that she is an

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