The Effects Of Alcoholism On The United States

1967 Words Nov 23rd, 2016 8 Pages
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 not some simple issue where there exists one or two definite answers. Everybody has their own…
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