Alcohol Abuse Essay 17

1290 Words Jul 20th, 2010 6 Pages
Alcohol Abuse

Drinking alcohol is woven into the social fabric of our culture, and indeed many people enjoy the social and cultural connection of sharing a drink together. However, because drinking is so common in our society, realizing you or a loved one has a drinking problem can be a challenge. The consequences of alcohol abuse are serious. Alcohol abuse causes extensive damage to your health, your loved ones, and society. It results in thousands of innocent deaths each year, and exacerbates situations involving violent crimes and domestic violence.

Social drinking is common and popular is many cultures all over the world. In several cultures, for example, a glass of wine or beer with a meal is common practice. Celebrations are
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It is a common symptom of alcohol abuse. * Myth: I can’t be an alcoholic. I only drink wine or beer.
Fact: While hard liquor is more concentrated, wine or beer will have the same effect. You will just be drinking more of the wine or beer. * Myth: Drinking is not a “real” addiction like drug abuse.
Fact: Alcohol is a drug, and alcohol abuse is every bit as real as drug abuse. Alcohol addiction has serious long term health and legal consequences, and withdrawal can be deadly.

Why can one person drink responsibly, while another drink to the point of losing their health, their family and their job? There is no one simple reason. Alcohol abuse and addiction is due to many factors. Do you drink to share enjoyment or share a connection with others? If drinking is the only way you feel comfortable connecting to others, or you drink to mask depression, grief, anxiety or loneliness, you are at risk for alcohol abuse. Some other risk factors include family history of alcoholism, peer pressure, stressful situations or a big life change, and a history of mental illness such as dual diagnosis.

When you have both a substance abuse problem and a mental health issue such as depression, bipolar disorder, or anxiety, it is called dual diagnosis. Dealing with alcoholism or drug addiction is never easy, and it’s even more difficult when you’re also struggling

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