Alcohol Dependence and Drug Abuse

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Alcohol dependence and drug abuse The abuse of alcohol and drug abuse can effect a person’s economic, psychologically and physically. Drug and alcohol addiction is said to be the worst kind of addiction that one can have its common and costly. It can cause or worsen many medical problems and destroy families. With most street drugs outlawed in the United States the question still remains: Why is alcohol legal when it has been proven to be a leading cause of death? With that being said alcohol and drug addiction also takes a toll on wallets and families. Even though alcohol is only purchased by those over the age of 21, but according to the National Center on addiction and substance abuse, almost 80% of high school students have tried alcohol. Alcohol is a dependent, which means it slows the function of the central nervous system. Alcohol actually blocks some of the messages trying to get to the brain. This alters a person’s perceptions, emotions, movement, vision and hearing. In very small amounts, alcohol can help a person feel relaxed or less anxious. Commonly seen after traumatic events such as death and divorce people drink to calm themselves down or to relieve stress. Expert’s theorized alcohol is addictive because of three main reasons the first is that alcohol is very addictive, the more the body gets the more it wants. A family history of addiction provides a great risk of being an alcoholic. Most commonly is it being a psychological crutch helping them with daily or life problems. The most addictive, part of alcohol consumption is ethanol which is extremely poisonous to the body. Most addictive legal drug is outlawed but many people still seem to get their
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