Essay Arguments of Drugs and Alcohol Abuse

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Arguments of Alcohol and Drug Abuse

Arguments of Alcohol and Drug Abuse

“If drinking is causing problems with your life, you have a drinking problem” says Smith, Melinda, MA, with helpguide.org. With the holidays upon us, this is a common argument between individuals with family members, law enforcement officers, hospitals and mores. Many feel that since drinking has been around since the dawning of time it can be controlled by choice. If you ask that question to someone that has lost their job, family, home or way of life due to them being unable to control their drinking, they would argue differently.
Alcohol and Drug addiction is not just a choice but a disease that affects everyone around them including family and loved ones.
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Let’s take a look at the first writings where it shows that alcoholism was known as a problem from the beginning of time. An example of that would be from the book of Isaiah where it says, “The Israelites choose to drink; their future looks hopeless to them.” Isaiah 22:12-13. Another writing shows us that “Drinkers seek their own gain and expect tomorrow to be just like today”. Isaiah 56:9-12. Experimenting with drugs or alcohol is a gamble for everyone. The question is often raised as to when does addiction start? The answer is all around us, we just have to open our eyes and look for it, starting with our youth.
As a teen, although the signs may be there, they may go unnoticed. Drinking not just at a social gathering, but every chance they can, after school or every weekend can be an early sign. You may see signs of grades dropping, mood changes, change in friends and so forth. Many times parents or school officials doesn’t notice because they are quick to blame it on the age. Many try to rationalize it by saying “I drank when I was younger and I turned out okay.” According to the Teen Treatment Center (Academy, 2013) a teens emotions are connected to their drinking. “If you’re unsure if your teen is drinking, try giving them a hug after chatting with them.”
As one gets older and leans more on drinking to help them cope with the stresses of life, addiction will begin to take over. The body begins to crave and the mind wants an escape. You may begin to

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