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Alcohol in the form of alcoholic beverages has been consumed by humans since pre-historic times, for a variety of hygienic, dietary, medicinal, religious, and recreational reasons. While infrequent consumption of alcohol in small quantities may be harmless or even beneficial, larger doses result in a state known as drunkenness or intoxication and, depending on the dose and regularity of use, can cause acute respiratory failure or death and with chronic use can cause severe health problems, such as liver and brain damage.

As stated earlier, alcohol in small doses is harmless and can even be beneficial, but how many people can consume alcohol “responsibly” and “sensibly”? Very few I must say.
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Secondly, heavy intake of alcohol can lead to dizziness, vomiting, impaired breathing and in extreme cases, unconsciousness and coma that can lead to death. Alcohol also causes a vitamin deficiency, B-1 to be exact. This is because the digestive system of most alcoholics is unable to digest the above stated vitamin. Lack of this vitamin causes impaired memory, confusion and lack of coordination. Thirdly, chronic drinking can lead to dependence and addiction to alcohol and this may lead to additional neurological problems.
Another reason alcohol is such a dangerous drug is that it is not only harmful to the user, but also to the community. The harmful effects of this drug are seen everyday for example, due to the ability of alcohol to impair judgment and slow down reaction time to stimulus, it becomes very dangerous when the intoxicated individual is behind the wheel of a moving vehicle in which case, he becomes a danger to himself and other road users. The statistics on drunk driving accidents are staggering and the lives lost are even more horrendous.
Other negative social impact of alcohol are social problems arising from alcoholism can include loss of employment, financial problems, marital conflict and divorce. alcohol use can also cause Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS). Inside the mother, a fetus is fed through the placenta. Because alcohol passes easily through the placenta, every time the mother drinks alcohol, the developing fetus gets a


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