The Horror of Alcoholism Essay

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The Horror of Alcoholism Alcoholism is a baffling and powerful disease. It affects all people from all walks of life. It has been medically proven and recognized by most of society as a disease. However, for some people who either have not been affected or just do not have any knowledge of the disease, it is considered more as a weakness of character. Alcoholism has many effects, on the alcoholic them self, towards their family and friends, and on their health, on their spouse and children, mentally and physically, but the good thing is there is help out there for all of these people. Alcohol is the most widely used and abused drug in the U.S. today. It is found in all beers, wines, and whiskeys. The alcohol in all these drinks…show more content…
The only method of arresting alcoholism is total abstinence (Berger 21). Alcoholics' brain cells have adapted so much to alcohol that they cannot function normally without it, which is what causes withdrawal. Alcoholics have a high tolerance and ability to drink large quantities of liquor without appearing drunk (Graeber 63). Alcohol abusers find every way to deny they have a problem. "They do not drink as much as other people do, they can hold their liquor, they're in control" (Kowalski 7). Alcoholics have many traits such as being hyperactive, having a short attention span, being unable to deal with frustration or pain, and having trouble coping with difficult situations. Also, they are described as unstable, unpredictable, and impulsive (Berger 39). Alcohol robs the drinker of the ability to tell right from wrong, safe from dangerous, and appropriate from inappropriate. Drinking makes it harder for them to think clearly and quickly, to coordinate and control their body (Berger 12). Alcohol affects every organ system in the body either directly or indirectly. The effects are not the same for everyone. Some people, for genetic or other reasons, have a much stronger reaction to alcohol than others do (Berger 27). "Anyone can die from just one drink" (Graeber 51). Alcohol is both a depressant and a poison. A depressant is a substance that acts to depress, or slow down.
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