12 April 2011
“The Inside Story on Alcoholism”
Going back to the early 1920’s, alcoholism was an issue for many men, evident by the push for the Prohibition by many women at that point in time. Women wanted the 18th amendment so that their husbands would stop throwing their money away at bars, when many families lived from check to check, this was when the phrase “when you have a relationship with someone who is addicted, you have a relationship with an addiction, not a person” was coined by individuals in relationships with alcoholics. Saying that alcohol serves no purpose wouldn’t be telling the entire truth, in fact, alcohol does have its uses, including but not limited to cleaning wounds, and disinfecting door handles that are touched by hundreds of people every day. In the 1920’s liquor was the go to disinfectant, and sometimes medication, if only to limit the feeling of pain. Almost 100 years later, alcoholism is still an issue for many families. Children across the United States are abused, both sexually and physically, by alcoholic parents, and 25,000 people die each year from automobile collisions that did, indeed, involve alcohol (Lowe et. al). Given that anything with a molecule of OH (Hydroxide) is considered an alcohol, it would be nearly impossible to outright ban alcohol; after all, Prohibition in the 1920’s failed. Monitoring the sale of alcohol like law enforcement agencies do with Pseudoephedrine, a key component in the production of methamphetamines is pertinent to decreasing the amount of alcoholics in the United States. This in essence would lower healthcare costs for diseases associated with alcoholism, moving funding for manpower to monitor the sale of alcohol rather than cleaning up accidents, and lowering the rate at which children are physically and sexually abuse.
Prohibition began in the 1920s and has been dubbed the ‘Noble Experiment,’ for it pushed the limits of the federal government’s power. This undertaking outlawed the sale, manufacturing, possession and moving of alcohol in all fifty states. The Temperance Movement was responsible for the push of prohibition, and stated that it would solve “many of society's ills, especially crime and murder” (Rosenberg). This led to the creation of speakeasies and mobs (called gangs, then) and glorified public figures such as Al Capone. Though statistics are hard to find, it’s very possibly and likely that crime went up, not necessarily because of murder or other violence crimes, but because of those who broke the law. In late 1933, the 18th amendment was repealed, and the sale, movement, and possession of alcohol was again legal (Rosenberg). This attempt at regulating alcohol failed.
Tracking down every single case of child abuse in the United States would be hard to do, but it is possible to get an average number. One particular study by researchers at the National Alcohol Research Center built on other studies that have been conducted during recent years, namely ones that have come from Washington University of Saint Louis. This study used a pool of 3,680 women who participated in 2005. (Lowe et al.).The study revealed that child abuse, physical and sexual was more likely than those that weren’t abuse. In families with parents that abuse their children, both sexually and physically, was connected to 124 drinks a year, while no abuse was reported with as few as 74 drinks a year. The study goes on to say that “Both physical and sexual child abuse were associated with getting into fights, health, legal, work and family alcohol related consequences” (Lowe et al.) this is very important because it means that alcoholics have issues in all aspects of life, not just one or another. When children are around alcohol, their chances of alcohol “misuse” (Lowe et al.) greatly increase, which doesn’t help if a child is already predisposed to a genetic predisposition to alcohol (Buddy T) that increases the likelihood that a child will become dependent on...
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