The Effects Of Alcohol And Alcoholism On The United Kingdom

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Alcohol is defined by Wester Dictionary as a drink (as whiskey or beer) containing ethanol. Alcoholism is defined by the medical dictionary as “a chronic progressive potentially fatal psychological and nutritional disorder associated with excessive and usually compulsive drinking of ethanol and characterized by frequent intoxication leading to dependence on or addiction to the substance, impairment of the ability to work and socialize, destructive behaviors (as drunken driving), tissue damage (as cirrhosis of the liver), and severe withdrawal symptoms upon detoxification.” Drinking alcohol has been around since man was able to crush grapes. As the United States (U.S.) we can pride ourselves on freedom, democracy, and beer but this …show more content…

A brief history about both the countries and drinking habits:
“Several Native American civilizations developed alcoholic beverages in pre-Columbian times. A variety of fermented beverages from the Andes region of South America were created from corn, grapes or apples, called “chichi,” written in an article by Drug Free World organization (A Drug Free World, P.1). From the beginning of America there has always been alcohol/alcoholism. Drinking also has shaped the land in the 1700s and 1800s. Most areas of social life was at the gin mill or tavern. Experts say that the Revolution from England beginnings started in a tavern. Then “The nineteenth century brought a change in attitudes and the temperance movement began promoting the moderate use of alcohol—which ultimately became a push for total prohibition,” said Drug Free World (A Drug Free World, P.1). Today alcohol is widely accepted as well as demonized at the same time for those who drink it before the legal age.
The U.K. has a vast history of drinking from Medieval times to the present. Most notably were these events… “By the end of the middle ages, most European nations had developed their own distinctive brewing and distilling styles. Throughout this period up until the 17th century, alcohol was still widely praised, especially by the Church, which was at that time the arbiter of morality.” said A Drug Free World (A Drug Free World, P1). Giving rise to

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