Alcoholics are dependent to alcohol and lack the ability to refuse more drinks; therefore, it becomes an addiction. According to “Alcohol Use Disorder”, 12 ounces of beer consist five percent of alcohol while one and a half ounces of proof- hard liquor contains 40 percent of alcohol. This can be dangerous because the higher the percentage of alcohol, the faster the symptoms will occur. Alcoholism is a problem everywhere and to anyone. It is the cause of idiotic decisions, deaths, and injuries. Many people fall victim to this addiction, either directly or indirectly; therefore, they need to be more educated on what prolonged alcohol use could do to their minds and bodies.
According to the Dual Diagnosis website, “In 2012, as many as 87.6 percent of American adults over age 18 were reported in a SAHMSA…study to have consumed alcohol at some point in their lives…The National Institutes of Health…estimated that 17 million adults in the United States in 2012 had an alcohol use disorder” (“Disease…”). Approximately one in every 12 people either are abusing alcohol, or they are becoming, if not are, victims of alcoholism (National…). Alcohol consumption is especially known in our society’s culture. There are numerous people who like to drink every now and again in moderation; however, there are far too many people who abuse the alcohol and may even be completely dependent on it. Several
I was very one sided as I walked into a AA meeting. I thought that the meeting where boring and little bit too much for people who wont to stop drinking. I couldn’t understand why people look forward to these meeting when they can simply talk to someone at home. Nevertheless, I was wrong. Hearing these people story who suffer from alcohol addiction was very heart breaking. I remember one story about this man losing his son to car accident. The only way he dealt with the pain of losing his son was to drink. He stated ever night he drunk him self-asleep. He was so adamant about telling his story because if it wasn’t for the hospital staff he would have lost his life. Alcoholism is an addiction to the consumption of alcoholic liquor or the mental illness and compulsive behavior resulting from alcohol dependency. alcohol is the main common substance abuse in the united states. The reported show over 16.3 million adults over 18 years older had a least try alcohol in the life time. 71 percent reported that they drank in the past year. 4.7 percent of people ages 18 or older reported that they engaged in binge drinking in the past month. 6.7 percent reported that they engaged in heavy drinking in the past month. 50 percent of marriage fell due to the spouse drinking uncontrollably (Burke, 2015)
Think About how long thirty minutes is. How many thirty minutes are in a day, quite a few, twenty six to be exact. On average one person dies every 30 minutes due to an automobile accident caused by alcohol. Not only does alcohol kill, it clouds decisions, and is involved in a large percent of crime. Alcohol doesn’t stop there it negatively effects our youth. Alcohol is the worst drug problem in the U.S.
“Alcohol is a drug that has been passed down from generation to generation.” The alcohol industry makes people believe that with out the drinks there would be no holidays, no parties, no family gatherings. They tell you that you are cool if you drink. They have ads with amazing places, beautiful woman, and fun parties to promote drinking. What they don't tell you are all the casualties that are caused from the alcohol. 88,000 people in the United States alone pass away from alcohol related causes every year and 31% of car crashes are due to being impaired from alcohol. The War on Alcohol by Anna Quindalen was written to provide information about the negative effects of alcohol for not only the person drinking but the people around them. She
If a foreigner were to come into America one of the most startling facts they would would be our liberal attitude towards alcohol. Alcohol is literally everywhere in America and we are not shameful of our love of it. Our televisions are filled with ads for alcohol beverages portraying happiness, our sport teams and stadiums are sponsored by alcohol companies and not only that but alcohol in America is cheaper and better than ever with thousands of options and varieties. A prime example of our affinity to alcohol would be the Super bowl which had over a 111 million viewers in 2016 and averages over a 100 million viewers every year (Pallotta and Stelter). If one were to tune into the super bowl and view the ads, it is not hard to notice that
Alcoholism, the 3rd health related drug problem in the United States. A research on alcohol concluded that “Seven in ten adults or one hundred million Americans, ages eighteen and up are estimated to be drinkers” (Raby). In addition, approximately “10 million of the one hundred million Americans” have developed alcoholism (Raby). Around the late 18th century temperance movements to abolish alcohol were created, eventually abolishing alcohol through the 18th amendment, also known as the Volstead Act which stated “… beverage purposes is hereby prohibited.” (Raby). Unfortunately, it did not last very long, instead of solving problems, it created more. Crime organization, increase growth in bootlegging and consumptions erupted due to the inability
Alcoholism is a growing problem in the United states. About eighteen million people in the U.S. have this disorder. Alcoholism is a serious problem that can be helped if a person receives treatment. Throughout the United States there are many resources like the Farley center whose goal is to help Alcoholics recover and get back into society. Places like the Farley center offer different treatment plans depending on the severity of a given person’s situation, for instance they may only have you stay a few days or up to 3 months, they have a 12-Step program, and the patient gets a personalized treatment created by the qualified professionals at the center.
Alcoholism is still a huge social issue within the US, but steps are being taken to fight this behavior. The U.S. has cut DUI deaths by 50% in the last 2 decades and made alcohol rehabs and alcohol treatment programs more widely available; even to inmates in prisons. (The History of Alcoholism in America. 2011)
Alcoholism has been a societal issue that does not discriminate in terms of boarders. Although it is an international problem, this paper will focus on its implications in the United States of America. Alcoholism is defined as an obsession or addiction to the intake of alcoholic liquor or the mental illness and behavior resulting from alcohol reliance (Adewale and Ifudu 2014). This paper analysis the demographic differences in alcohol engagement and it takes a medical standpoint in evaluating the illness. This research entails the consequences of the disease as well as symptoms and possible treatments. Alcoholism is an illness that attacks the family, and cripples them economically, psychologically and physically. By tying together the work of previous researchers in the field, this paper will render useful in understanding and recognizing the mental illness that impacts thousands of lives in the United States.
Almost everyone has tried alcohol at some point, and many also use it as a regular basis in parties or other occasions. Alcohol is the most commonly used and abused depressant, which are drugs that reduce the activity in the nervous system. Despite the well-known consequences of alcoholism, millions of people still decide to constantly consume it. Even Though, it is affecting people’s mind and changing their behavior, and body. Their are effects that a person will get all based on the amount of alcohol consumed, age, and how long they’ve been drinking, and the family history of drinking problems.
Most people have a confused idea of alcoholism as a disease that invades or attacks your good health. Use of such a strong word such as "disease" shapes the values and attitudes of society towards alcoholics. A major implication of the disease concept is that what is labeled a "disease" is held to be justifiable because it is involuntary. This is not so. Problem drinking is a habit in which the so-called "alcoholic" simply has decided that the benefits of drinking outweigh the liabilities; it is all a matter of personal choice. An alcoholic participates in or causes many of their own problems by their behavior and the decisions they make, so why should they be viewed as helpless victims of a "disease"(Skipper 1)? Alcoholism should not be
Usually, the symptoms of a cold consist of a runny nose, sneezing, congestion, or a fever. So, if people have one or more of these symptoms they fall under the category of sick. Today, alcoholism is viewed in much the same way colds are viewed. Either people are sick or they are not. They are an alcoholic or they are not. An alcoholic is commonly defined as someone that heavily consumes alcohol, or even relies on it. In other words, an alcoholic is an addict. Like how people with colds are labeled as sick, people addicted to alcohol are labeled alcoholics. But, while it often does not make too much of a difference if people have a runny nose or a sore throat when they are sick, whether someone is a moderate addict or a hardcore addict might. “An estimated 17 million Americans have an alcohol-use disorder; nearly 4 million have a dependence, and yet only 1 million are in treatment… ‘Excessive alcohol use is the fourth leading preventable cause of death in the United States,’” yet only a small fraction of people with an alcohol-use disorder seek help (Andrey-Smith). Because alcoholism is viewed in the same way as the cold, one would assume that they would also be treated the same way—most people can do nothing and they will recover on their own. However, alcoholism and the cold are two entirely separate things, so naturally they should be treated like they are, too.
Alcoholism is a very serious disease, which can cause illness, death, injuries, schooling problems, family breakups, and crime. It is a proven fact the alcohol kills more people than any other illegal drugs combined. However, alcohol courses freely through American society, from college bars to corporate lunches. In a recent journal article by The Scientist, it is stated, "Technology shows alcohol abuse changes brain's molecular programming and circuitry? (Scientist). Thus revealing that alcohol is a quick fix that will hurt us all in the long run.
The excessive intake of alcohol also referred to as alcoholism can cause diseases as well as negative connotation and lack of responsible social life particularly among the youth who should be the most productive age group in the American population.