Alcohol is one of the most widely used drugs that is viewed acceptable by most, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t dangerous. This drug has been a problem since prohibition from 1920-1933, and still causes many problems for people today, if not more. These problems include family problems, health issues, and addiction. Even though this drug is seen as “acceptable” to society, everyone should think carefully before indulging in alcohol related activities. Drinking alcohol comes with both short and long term effects on an individual and their body. After one beer the short term effects start, even if somebody doesn’t notice them right away. After a night of drinking more and more, those short term effects will heighten. The most common effects include vomiting, slurred speech, impaired judgment, and decreased perception and coordination. If somebody drinks for a long time, say every day, then the long term effects come into play. These effects take more of a toll on the body of the drinker. The effects include liver disease, permanent damage to the brain, ulcers, and heart related problems. All of the long term effects can build lifelong problems for a heavy drinker, and these effects are also the outcome to a chronic disease caused by drinking, called alcoholism. Alcoholism is a chronic disease of physical dependence to alcohol where the user drinks through all their health problems, physical and mental. For alcoholics, alcohol completely controls all of their relationships and other aspects of their lives. There’s also alcohol abuse, but this does not include physical dependence to alcohol. The transition from alcohol abuse to alcoholism is sometimes unnoticeable, because people will become alcoholics due to their increased tolerance to alcohol. There is a lot controversy debated on whether alcohol is actually a disease or not. A lot of physicians will say it is not because the actual definition of alcoholism is not a medical one, and is perceived as just a personal weakness. However, some physicians will treat alcoholism as an actual disease. My father who is a physician of family practice stated this, “Alcoholism may not be a disease such as cancer or diabetes, but it is still a disease nonetheless. I may classify it as a psychological disease.” Other physicians would agree to this as well. Even though it is also a personal weakness, a person feels they NEED alcohol to get through the day and that they need to keep drinking. This is all coming from the person’s not well state of mind. If a person were to go through withdrawal symptoms, the most common ones are not physical withdrawal, and more psychological like depression or anxiety. That shows that this is not a physical addiction, but a psychological one. Overcoming alcoholism is a very hard thing to do. Because this could be classified as a mental disease, a person would have to want to stop drinking or the treatment would not work. The treatment for alcoholism is a pretty simple process, with the goals being to lower withdrawal symptoms from users, and get them to therapy to stop drinking altogether. Users that have moderate to severe withdrawal symptoms may receive inpatient treatment in a hospital or rehabilitation center. With this, the patients are watched closely for their withdrawal symptoms. On the other hand, people with mild to moderate withdrawal symptoms would get outpatient treatment. Outpatients have to live in a sober environment and meet up with a health care provider until they are stable, also having to attend AA (alcoholics anonymous) meetings on a regular basis. Alcoholics have a huge effect on their society and families. A family that has an alcoholic in it has a lot of hardships, especially if there are small children in the family. The family altogether will sometimes try to hide the problem going on in their family, feeling embarrassed. Hiding the problem leads to dysfunctional family roles for every…
Effects of Alcohol
The alcohol that people drink at parties or bars is created by fermentation. Fermentation is a process in which the yeast fungus feeds on the sugars and starches in some plants. Some of the plants can be barley and grapes. It then excretes alcohol along with carbon dioxide. Many people make alcohol in many different ways. Depending on what you like makes all the difference in coming up with a great combination.
Why drink is the question…
Alcohol is the most widely used addictive drug, and use and abuse can lead to the development of tolerance and dependence. (Koob 2003a; Tabakoff et al 1986) For some, alcohol is a form of entertainment. It’s a way for people to get together, socialize, and have a good time. For others, it’s the only way to get through the day. Nothing about alcohol is positive, but is looked at as a way to have a good time. As for negative aspects, it has many. Alcohol causes health problems, psychological…
Alcoholism: Adolescent Alcohol Use and Dependence
Grace M. Barnes has a PhD in sociology and conducts her studies in the Research Institute of Alcoholism. Her main focuses are on alcohol use and abuse, adolescent and family issues, and parenting. Alcohol use and abuse are current social issues of widespread public concern. She covers the various aspects of alcohol use by youth with emphasis on teenage drinkers by bringing attention to how the family socialization theory shows that parents, as models…
history of the school and was only one
of many cases of binge drinking in the colleges in U.S. colleges. Binge drinking, which is
reported in 90% in all alcohol consumption in young people under 21, is pattern of heavy
drinking with 5 drinks (men) and 4 drinks (women) in 2 hours (“Binge Drinking,” n.d.). Every
year, heavy alcohol consumption in U.S. university campuses is still a significant issue in college
environment as it had been shown to have various harmful effects including…
November 21, 2011
Draft: Alcohol and its Effects
Alcohol can effect people physically, emotionally, and more. In many research studies, alcohol is one of the worst problems in the United States. Alcohol is a drink form a drug which acts as a depressant. However, many people think alcohol is a good thing for them because it affects everyone differently. Drinking alcohol socially can be fun but most of the times people drink more alcohol than their bodies can handle. In the United…
Over consumption of alcohol is the third leading cause of avoidable deaths in America today. Drinking alcohol, including underage, is bad for a plethora of reasons. Those reasons include: health effects, future effects, and law effects. Also this university (Marywood) has its own procedures and rules for issues involving alcohol.
Alcohol consumption has both positive and negative effects on the human body. Studies have shown that drinking alcohol in moderation increases your good cholesterol.…
Alcohol affects people differently, depending on their size, sex, body build, and metabolism. General effects of alcohol are a feeling of warmth, flushed skin, impaired judgment, decreased inhibitions, muscular in coordination, slurred speech, and memory and comprehension loss. In states of extreme intoxication, vomiting is likely to occur, possibly accompanied by incontinence, poor respiration, a fall in blood pressure, and in cases of severe alcohol poisoning, coma and death.
lack of judgment and even alcohol poisoning – which can be fatal.
To learn more about the effects of alcohol, go to our Alcohol and your health section of the website.
Alcohol-related harm is a major cause of mortality and morbidity in Australia, causing around 3,000 deaths and 65,000 hospitalisations every year.8 In 2004-05, the annual cost to the Australian community of alcohol-related social problems was estimated at $15.3 billion.9
After tobacco, alcohol is the second largest contributor…
Alcohol consumption is linked to many harmful consequences for the individual drinker, the
drinker’s immediate environment and society as a whole. There are many social consequences such as traffic accidents, workplace-related problems, family and domestic problems, and interpersonal violence.
People with alcohol dependence and drinking problems are on sick leave more frequently than other employees. In Great Britain, up to 25% of workplace accidents and around 60% of fatal accidents at…
drinks mixed with alcohol: the interactive effects on risk-taking behavior, alcohol priming and related negative consequences
School of Social Science
SLSY100: Psychology 100
Energy drinks mixed with alcohol: the interactive effects on risk-taking behavior, alcohol consumption and related negative consequences
The aim of this study was to explore the relationship between risk-taking propensity; AmED use and the effects these variables had overall alcohol consumption and the…