Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse Essay

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What Alcoholism & Alcohol Abuse is all about.

Alcoholism is a very serious disease, which can cause illness, death, injuries, schooling problems, family breakups, and crime. It is a proven fact the alcohol kills more people than any other illegal drugs combined. Yet alcohol courses freely through American society, from college bars to corporate lunches. In a recent article from a journal named: The Scientist it is stated "Technology shows alcohol abuse changes brain's molecular programming and circuitry." Alcohol is a quick fix that will hurt us all in the long run. There are many different types of drugs, anti-depressants, depressants, hallucinogenic… Alcohol can be used to help people make decisions. "Alcohol is a
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Scientist have a new breed of mice that will drink alcohol over water. When thinking of the effects of alcohol there are a few things that come to mind: slow reactions, speech slurs, and skilled performance deteriorate. One must consider genetic influences when judging an alcoholic. For example, adopted individuals are more susceptible to alcoholism if one or both biological parents had a history of alcoholism. Scientists have found a gene that is more common among alcoholics, especially severe alcoholics. Also boys who at age 6 are excitable, impulsive, and fearless are more likely as teens to smoke, drink, and use other drugs. Alcoholism is a battle that far too many people are loosing. Results from the National Household Survey (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 1998) suggest that as many as 40 million Americans drink more than the moderate drinking levels recommended by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (it varies for different sizes and sex) (NIAAA) (1995). "It is estimated that six million Americans persistently misuse alcohol, yet another eight million more are addicted, and one hundred humans throughout our nation will die each year from this"(Newsweek). Alcohol is one of the biggest causes of premature death in the United States. On average, people dying from alcohol- related causes lose twenty-six years from their normal life

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