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
Underaged drinking is a social issue and causes many problems from learning problems to alcoholism. Alcohol is a depressant and people tend to fall back on it in times of trouble. I can’t figure out why person’s under the age of twenty-one want to drink alcohol. Is it to get acceptance from their peers? Or is it to relax and sit back after a bad day?
Alcoholism is a progressive and disabling addictive disease. The symptoms are the drinker’s inability to control their obsessive and uncontrollable consumption of alcohol, even though the negative effects can be detrimental to the drinker's health, relationships, and social reputation. Long term alcohol abuse produces an abnormal brain chemistry, which in turn manifests as a tolerance for greater amounts of alcohol, which in turn leads to physical dependence and the compulsive inability to stop drinking. Alcoholism affects on society is publicized daily with news articles reporting arrests for drunk driving and domestic abuse. But it is alcoholisms effect on the family that has a greater impact on society.
Alcoholism What is alcoholism? "Alcoholism" is a disease! This disease creates a dependency; whereby the individual is unable to stop drinking without assistance. At first there is the mild and annoying stage, after which come the stage of severity, and finally the stage of life threatening. Let’s look a little closer at how and why we classify alcoholism as a disease and a burden on society.
How Alcohol Affects the Central Nervous System Alcohol can affect several parts of the brain, but in general, alcohol contracts brain tissue and depresses the central nervous system. When alcohol reaches the brain, it interferes with communication between nerve cells, by interacting with the receptors on some cells. The alcohol suppresses excitatory nerve pathway activity and increases inhibitory nerve pathway activity. Among other actions, alcohol enhances the effects of the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA. Enhancing an inhibitor has the effect of making a person sluggish.
The harmful use of alcohol generally originates from young people who binge drink (WHO, 2011). Alcohol abuse is different from alcoholism as this stems from craving alcohol at all times (helpguide, 2011). Young people who binge drink risk serious health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, brain damage, type two diabetes and cirrhosis of the liver which
In other words, there is a human being behind the addiction, one who entered this world just like everyone else, but for some reason, or many reasons, got caught up and trapped in the world of addiction along the way. In this essay, I will visit the general area of drugs and alcohol addiction, including its definition, characteristics and its effects on the addicted persons, their families and many more besides. Also, I will address the specific topic of alcoholism and relate this to my personal experience. So what is this disease that often causes people to be labelled in such a way and frequently results in these human beings being stigmatised and sometimes, even ostracised by society? The Oxford dictionary explains addiction as “the fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance or activity” and it defines an addict as” a person who is addicted to a particular substance, typically an illegal drug:” These words only go a little way in describing an illness that affects multitudes of people, directly, and multitudes more indirectly.
American Government 14 October 2011 Table of Contents 1 - Introduction 2 - Influence of environment on Alcohol consumption by minors 3 - Disadvantages of alcohol 4 - Measuring the alcohol consumption by minors may be helpful 5 - The health risks 6 – Reasons why some adolescents drink 7 – Conclusion 8 – Bibliography 1 – Introduction As we all know, alcohol plays a major role in the lives of many people who take it to relax, to celebrate, to socialize, have fun, etc. Unfortunately, the excessive use of alcohol is also responsible for many problems such as traffic accidents, health problems, family problems and unemployment. Many Americans believe that should lower the drinking at 18 years old, for many reasons mentioned below. This law of the United States was created to keep teenagers safer and reduce the accidents that cause deaths due to the influence of alcohol. The age limit for alcohol is based on research showing that young people respond differently to alcohol.
“Addiction, Alcoholism, and the Family” Counseling and Addictions Treatment Psychology 251 Professor Manzione Paul Oestreicher “Addiction, Alcoholism, and the Family” Alcohol is a widely used addictive substance that is legally available, though it is a potent drug. What is the cost when a person becomes addicted to alcohol? Substance abuse, in the form of alcohol abuse and dependency affects not only the individual alcoholic, but also their entire family. What can the alcoholic and their family members do to eliminate the “problem” and to bring the “healing” that they all need? Total family recovery and healing, looking primarily at Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.), is going to be the main focus.
Who Is Most Affected By Alcoholism Misty Wood Louisiana State University Abstract Simply stating that the use of alcohol affects everyone may be true but it affects some people to greater lengths than it does others. Often overlooked by many in today’s society is the growing problem of problem drinking. In college, drinking is thought of as fun and cool. In older middle adult life it is considered the norm. So who is most affected by alcoholism?