Effects of Alcohol and Drugs in Society

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Jeffrey Martorana
Cultural Anthropology
Prof Liddy
18 April 2012

The Effects of Alcohol in Society and Culture

When alcohol is introduced to a culture or society, it can often affect it in many different ways. The outcomes can be violent or can cause peace among people. When alcohol is involved, humans tend to become more violent and out going. They will often do things that they wouldn’t normally do, and act in a strange way. Different cultures and societies respond different to alcohol in terms of how much they can drink and what their bodies can handle. Alcohol has been used all throughout history for various things such as a stimulant, anesthetic, used for social festivities. Although it can be used for good, it can often lead do death and illness. Alcohol nearly comes down to abuse and dependence, which are two things no culture should ever depend on it for. Addiction and tolerance are two things people may not entirely understand. When a person first starts using drugs or alcohol, they will often react to the drug much more strongly than regular users. This is because his body is not used to the presence of it. Once they continue using the substance, their body will develop tolerance and they will start to need more of the drug to feel like they did when he first began experimenting. Eventually, this will lead to dependence, a state where the body needs the drug to function or feel normal. This doesn’t just happen to one person, it happens to an entire tribe or race of people. This tolerance, however, can often lead to addiction amongst a group. They will depend on alcohol or drugs and base their life off them. When this happens to entire group, things become deadly and it isn’t safe for anyone in associated within the tribe or society. For certain tribes, alcohol was a main reason why they were wiped out all together. For the island of Nauru, there were originally 12 tribes. They often came in contact with Europe and some ships that were out at...
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