What Is the Appeal of Alcohol?

1662 Words Jul 12th, 2013 7 Pages
Alcohol is one of the most abused drugs in the world. Why do people use alcohol in the first place? Many people do experience a relaxed feeling known as a “buzz,” after having alcohol. They only focus on the pleasurable feeling the alcohol bestows on them. Each person has a different reason for drinking alcohol. Most people want to have an enjoyable time with others and drink. Others may drink to escape stress caused by a tough day in the office or being laid off from the company. Alcoholic parents do not mature decisions and should not be parents. Alcohol makes dealing with children tough, thoughts are slowed and the tendency to overreact to normal actions increases. By partaking in alcohol consumption, risks develop that ordinarily would …show more content…
Jeff Stevens conducted a study on the effects of alcohol from parent to child and discovered, “Alcoholism can pass from one generation to the next due to the influence of the environment” (Is Alcoholism a Disease?). While alcoholism has been proven to not be a genetic disorder, it can be strongly influenced by the environment and the people in it. “Markus Heilig, director at U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the National Institute on Drug Abuse, said, ‘Among alcoholic patients, rates for physical abuse were reported at 24 percent and 33 percent for men and women’” (Everyday Health). Parents are the role models that are supposed to guide young children to a successful future. Often children are not raised properly and are abused. Kenneth Leonard, Ph.D., conducted a study on alcoholic fathers and found, “The alcohol-abusing fathers were less sensitive in their parenting” (Mental Health). The alcohol tends to lessen the father’s sympathy, so he becomes more aggressive than normal. Physical abuse caused by the father leads to bruises, cuts, broken bones, or emotional scars. To relieve themselves of the pain, the abused children will experiment with alcohol. The escape route the abused children take is alcohol because it takes children to a place where they can be cheerful and away from the abuse. It is a fact that, “The experience of being abused as a child may increase a person’s risk for alcohol-related problems as an adult” (Alcohol Abuse as
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