Alcohol & its effects on our society What is alcohol? And why do people drink it or use it? Alcohol has several uses. It can be used for medical reasons to remove germs from wounds. It also can be mixed with drinks to make people relax and forgot about the problems in their lives and have a good time. However, when people drink alcohol, it affects their minds. Drunken people cannot think clearly like when they are sober, and they tend to make bad decisions that they regret once the alcohol is out of their bodies. Not only does alcohol cloud people’s judgment about things, it also affects their health and causes liver diseases and many more. The problem is that in today’s society it is possible for anyone to get alcohol. Even teenagers can ask older people to buy it for their parties. Usually the older people do not find buying a few beers for teenagers a problem, although it is illegal. Why are there alcohol stores in every corner? Alcohol is rampant in our society, and the occasional “getting wasted” is considered normal for the everyday American. Yet some of the worst incidents occur when people are under the influence of alcohol. It is unethical for our society and authorities to treat alcoholism like it is not a problem at all. People ,who like partying while drink alcohol and do it every one in while, might say that this is a free country and everyone can do whatever as he or she wants or that drinking alcohol is a choice of which no one is forcing anyone to drink. Some also say that there is no harm in drinking a few drinks every once in a while, and if the drunken people are not driving, then no one will get hurt. Most of that is true; but, every other kind of drug is optional no one is forcing anyone to use it. Alcohol make people let go out of the way they act or think normally. Also, it makes them forget the problems they are facing in their lives, thus people drink it to have a good time. Why is it thought of differently than other kinds of addictions like tobacco, cocaine, and heroin? The only difference is that cocaine and heroin affect the body in a short period of time and does more damage. Tobacco affects the body over a long period of time. Tobacco causes lung cancer and heart problems, while alcohol, on the other hand, can affect someone’s life in a short period of time due to the behavior it can encourage. Even if it was consumed responsibly, it will cause long term problems. When a person consumes too much alcohol, he is doing something that might cost him his life, job, family, or the life of another person. While he is drunk he might do harmful things that will have a great impact on his life. Alcoholic addicts have a hard time keeping their jobs. From a personal experience, I know a person who drinks 40 grams of pure alcohol per day. He lost his job, and his social life started to fall apart. As I said before, when people drink they tend to do things they would not do if they were sober. If the inebriated person is violent he or she will tend to become more violent. However, studies by Mary McMurran shows that from 15% to 85% of violent crimes are alcohol related (McMurran 3). In fact, the percentage shows that more than half of the violent crimes in America are cause by drunken people who had consumed several drinks within a few hours of the violent act. The same study by McMurran suggests that the authorities focus only on the people who have the highest consumption of alcohol with little consideration to those who have had a few drinks and are quite affected by them. This study reveals that only 14% of violent crimes are caused by theses heavy drinkers. Therefore, the authorities should consider that any amount of alcohol could cause people to fight and harm themselves or others (McMurran 7). Those entire problems happened within few hours of drinking, or even while drinking, and most violent crimes do not require any equipment (bare hands fights). What would happen if a violent drunk
Social, Legal and Ethical Issues
What is Ethics?
What is the origin of ethics? What are the different approaches and teachings of ethical reasoning? How are these approaches used to make an ethical decision? How are ethics relevant to both an individual and a corporation?
The origin of the term ‘ethic’ has been around for centuries. The word ‘ethics’ is from the Greek word ‘ethos’ which is translated to equate to English as ‘character’ or ‘custom’. Furthermore…
Week One – Ethics Essay
University of Phoenix
June 29th, 2015
The concept of ethics deals with human behaviors and moral development is crucial in today's society. Throughout history, there have been many different theories. When thinking ethically an individual must think about and differentiate between what is wrong and what is right. Virtue Theory, Utilitarianism, and Deontological ethics are all parts of normative ethics. The purpose…
February 10, 2014
Ethics can be described as a value system of principles that we all follow in life this value system can be the guide to everything we in life. Ethics deal with the question of what is morally right or morally wrong. These morals not only deal with your personal life but also your professional life. There are three major theories when it comes to ethics these include; virtue theory, utilitarian and deontological theory.
In order to understand ethics lets define it. “Ethics: an area of study that deals with ideas about what is good and bad behavior: a branch of philosophy dealing with what is morally right or wrong” (http://www.merriam-webster.com/) Trust in chooses individuals make in support of their company or themselves is defined by their character. In today’s companies the thin line between trust in individuals as well as in products are…
April 23, 2012
Ethics plays a very important role in society. Also, a devotion to certain ethical and moral principles has a optimistic growth of a person’s moral nature. In addition detailed living experiences can help out assured individuals to bring out the growth of his or her ideals and principles. This essay will look at the similarity plus difference of virtue, utilitarianism, and deontological ethics. I will also give details…
How have you educated your boss, peers, or direct reports about what you are learning in class?
We hold bi-weekly team meetings to ensure cohesive communication. Over the last month, I presented the ethics benchmarks to our team and we discussed how it applied to our organization. The staff became highly engaged in these exercises, as it brought us together to think about how our organization conducts itself in a more ethical manner. The owner of our organization, also present in the meetings, was…
Advanced Nursing Ethics and Values Essay
It is often hard for healthcare workers to understand why a patient would refuse care or treatment that could potentially save their lives. We are trained to treat, heal and care for our patients; when they refuse care or treatment because of religious, cultural or even unknown reasons we often question what’s best for this patient. Should they be forced to accept the treatment? Should we rally their family to help “convince” them? Is it ok to refuse…
Ethics and Social Responsibility
Feb. 22, 2014
Ethics and Social Responsibility
Ethics is the science concerning the right and wrong of human action (Boylan, 2009). As children we are taught by our parents right from wrong, but as adults we have to make decisions to do the right or wrong thing. My personal experience is when I went to Wells Fargo Bank to cash my check. The teller over paid me by fifty dollars. When I realized the teller overpaid me, I return to the bank to…
enter their own personal account to accumulate other people’s points. Companies have established policies and procedures to make sure that the company is always in benefit and everything is correctly done that the CEO would agree with.
The Code of Ethics of a company is mainly to assist members in making decision while working. Some decision are “wrong” and some are “right” according to the company policy. Within the document, the company’s values and mission statement are woven in between it. Many…
Ethics in the Work Place
I chose ethics in the workplace because it is a topic that is very important in my opinion, but one that gets overlooked so many times. Each person has their own views and thoughts of what is right and what is wrong and how to deal with them. While you may think that one particular person may not necessarily be right or wrong the law would beg to differ on certain situations. Other times what one considers to be an ethical decision is not always a legal matter, so the line…