The Negative Effects of Alcohol Abuse

380 Words1 Page
Negative Effects of Alcohol Use According to the Centers for Disease Control (2011) alcohol abuse is a pattern of drinking that may result in harm to one's health, interpersonal relationships, and/or ability to work. Indicators of problem drinking include failure to fulfill major responsibilities at work, school or home; drinking in dangerous situations such as while driving or operating heavy machinery; legal problems related to alcohol, such as being arrested for drinking while driving or physically hurting someone while intoxicated; and continued drinking despite ongoing relationship problems that are caused or worsened by alcohol. Sustained long-term alcohol abuse can turn into alcoholism. Alcoholism is a chronic disease. Symptoms include a strong craving for alcohol, continued use despite repeated physical, psychological, or interpersonal problems, and the inability to limit drinking. Dean (2010) notes there are a number of factors that contribute to, or put one at risk for, developing alcoholism. Cultural factors include society's acceptance of the consumption of alcohol and the role media plays in sending a message that drinking is glamorous. Genetics may also play a role in increased tolerance, a continuous craving and an overall increase in risk for alcoholism. Psychological factors such as low self-esteem, having a low tolerance for frustration and high expectations of oneself; gender, men are five times more likely to abuse alcohol than woman; and psychiatric
Open Document