Drug and Alcohol Addiction: A Major Problem in the United States

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Drug and alcohol addiction has been a major problem in the United States for a long time. In this paper we will look at the different drugs that people become addicted to and the affects on their abusers. Many people can abuse drugs and alcohol yet not consider themselves addicted. There are some drugs that are very commonly abused because of their accessibility and prevalence within the community. Once an individual becomes addicted to a certain drug or alcohol it is very difficult to stop because their bodies become accustomed to the drug, like it needs it to survive.

The mystery behind addiction is that not everyone who tries drugs or alcohol becomes addicted to them. Many people believe that addiction is in our genetics. For example, if an alcoholic has a child, then they will grow up to be an alcoholic. In all actuality, not every addict comes from a drug or alcohol abused home. There are many people that can be “casual” or “weekend” drinkers, for example. This essentially means that they like to have a few drinks with their friends or family at social gatherings, parties, or celebrations and they feel no need to keep doing it on a daily basis. They might go weeks, or even months before they have a drink again. In their mind, their body is not dependent on the alcohol at all.

There are also some people that will smoke a cigarette only on the weekends or at a party. They do not consider themselves to be addicted because they do not do it everyday. These people are still addicted in a way though because every time they go to a party, or every weekend they are smoking. Their bodies are becoming used to the drug. The fact is, they are still damaging their bodies with the negative affects of the drug. One does not have to do something on a daily basis in order to be addicted.

Alcohol is one of the most commonly abused drugs out there today. When a person drinks excessively they become drunk. Some people drink alcohol every single day. Some people drink...
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