Alocoholism In The Family Isu Essay

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I am doing my isu on alcoholism and addiction in families. I have a little quiz on alcoholism. ( give out quiz ) correct quiz I found this very interesting video on how alcohol impacts your brain and what damage it can do.- 7 mins
In this video you saw how alcohol affects many different parts of the brain. Alcohol travels very quick to your brain, causing you to feel different. Alcohol can have different effect of people, it can cause someone to be very aggressive and angry or it can cause to some to be happy and energetic every one reacts different.
Drinking constantly, also called binge drinking, will affect you physically and mentally but also changes your appearance. So if someone is an alcoholic you can tell by looking at their physical appearance. In this video a journals shows what will happen to a women appearance, and body after binge drinking five days a week for a month. 5.30 mins

Drink while pregnant can cause birth defects. The biggest one is:
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
Symptoms of FASD
The symptoms of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders can include facial abnormalities, growth deficiencies, skeletal deformities, organ deformities, central nervous system handicaps and behavioral problems in later life.
Here are some of the symptoms which can occur to children with prenatal exposure to alcohol:

Facial Abnormalities
Small head
Small eye openings
Webbing between eyes and base of nose
Drooping eyelids
Failure of eyes to move in same direction
Short, upturned nose
Flattened cheekbones
Sunken nasal bridge
Flat or absent groove between nose and upper lip (philtrum)
Smooth and thin upper lip
Opening in roof of mouth
Small upper jaw
Low set or malformed ears

Growth Deficiencies
Small body size and weight
Slower than normal physical development
Failure to 'catch up' in growth
Skeletal Deformities
Deformed ribs and sternum
Curved spine
Caved-in chest wall
Bent, fused, webbed or missing fingers or toes
Extra fingers
Abnormal palm creases
Limited movement of joints
Hip dislocations
Small skull
Excessive hair
Underdeveloped fingernails or toenails
Organ Deformities
Heart defects
Heart murmurs
Incomplete development of brain structures
Umbilical or diaphragmatic hernia
Genital malformations
Kidney or urinary defects
Central Nervous System Handicaps
Small brain size
Faulty arrangement of brain cells and tissue
Mild to severe mental retardation
Learning disabilities
Poor memory
Lack of imagination or curiosity
Poor language skills
Poor problem-solving skills
Short attention span
Poor coordination
Irritability in infancy
Hyperactivity in childhood
Poor reasoning and judgment skills
Sleep and sucking disturbances in infancy
Behavioral Problems
Inability to concentrate
Social withdrawal
Subbornness
Impulsivenss
Anxiety
Problems with daily living
Psychiatric problems
Criminal behavior
Chronic unemployment
Incomplete education
Inappropriate sexual behavior
Substance abuse problems
Poor parenting skills

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS)

Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), caused by drinking alcohol during pregnancy, is one of the leading known causes of mental retardation and birth defects. It is characterized by:
Abnormal facial features, including small head size, narrow eye slits, and abnormalities of the nose and lip areas
Growth deficiencies
Central nervous system (CNS) problems
Children with FAS may have problems with learning, memory, attention span, problem solving, speech, and/or hearing. These problems often lead to difficulties in school and problems getting along with others. FAS is an irreversible condition that affects every aspect of a child's life and the lives of his or her family. FAS is 100% preventable if a woman does not drink alcohol while she is pregnant.
Show video- 4 mins
You can see from this video drinking of any kind can cause your child to have FASD.

Well say a mother that is pregnant and they have an addition and she wants to get help because she know it can cause the baby to have a birth…