The Dangers of Alcohol and Alcoholism Essay

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“For every family that is impacted by drugs, there are another 10 to 15 families impacted by alcohol abuse. It's a pretty big deal. We have a tendency to only look at part of the puzzle.” (Kevin Lewis). As a society we tend to categorize the severity of addiction in a way that drugs are the most dangerous and alcohol being just a problem. Because alcohol addiction can be a slow progressive disease many people don’t see it in the same light as drug addiction. An addiction to drugs is seen as being a more deadly and dangerous issue then that of alcohol because a drug addiction can happen more quickly and can kill more quickly. Alcohol is something that is easy to obtain, something that is found at almost every restaurant. People with an …show more content…
Withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, shakiness, sweating, or anxiety are experienced when there is no alcohol around. Another sign of alcoholism is when a person feels the need to drink greater amounts of alcohol in order to feel a high because then their body has become reliant on alcohol. Alcoholics build up a tolerance for alcohol where they can consume large amounts each day. They can not just stop drinking because their ability to stop is corrupted by their need to drink. (Haisong 7-14) Several million Americans engage is risky alcohol related behavior every year. These risky behaviors include binge drinking and heavy drinking on a regular basis. Since fifty-three percent of men and women report that one or more close relatives have a drinking problem alcoholism becomes a family disease. It affects the whole family not just the one individual. The Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies at Brown University concluded “more than half of all adults have a family history of alcoholism or problem drinking and more than nine million children live with a parent dependent on alcohol or illicit drugs”. Alcoholism has also become a community disease because alcoholics are more likely to lose productivity at work, get into accidents, and require emergency health care. The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimate that alcoholics cost American taxpayers sixty-seven billion dollars every year in

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