Solid Thesis & Topic Sentences English 12
3 March 2014
The Effects of Alcohol
I am someone who knows from experience the risk factors of alcohol. My whole life growing up, my father was an alcoholic and the facts are right, it destroys you, and your family. You can pretty much say that alcoholism can and most likely will destroy everything if you do not receive proper treatment. Alcohol is a very serious matter in today’s society and leads to many social, economic, and health problems; alcoholism can be put to an end if it was illegal and less prominent in everyday life. What many people do not understand is that alcoholism is a disease. “Alcoholism is a progressive disease that impairs the psychological, emotional, and physical health of both the alcoholic and his or her family” (Alcoholism Sourcebook). The actual fact that “alcohol is a disease” is a quite controversial subject and can be argued however, alcohol is proven to be a disease. “It is considered to be a long-term chronic disease which is often uncontrollable” (Nordqvist 1). “Alcohol abuse is different from alcoholism – alcoholism is linked to strong uncontrollable cravings” (Smith, Lawrence, and Jeanne 1). Cravings are “A strong need or compulsion to drink” (The National Institution of Alcoholism 1). Also, “Alcoholism has been labeled as a “family disease” because its effects lead to dysfunctional roles and behaviors of the alcoholic and their family members” (Smith, Lawrence, and Jeanne 1). “In most cases when a substance abuser drinks, it's because their body is emotionally and physically dependent on alcohol” (Smith, Lawrence, and Jeanne 1). Sometimes, people who drink, drink because they are depressed or have some type of problem they do not want to confront, so they take on the consumption alcohol to forget. “One of the classic signs of alcoholism includes an increased tolerance to alcohol and withdrawal symptoms when the drinker tries to stop” (Smith, Lawrence, and Jeanne 1). “Tolerance is the need to drink greater amounts of alcohol in order to “get high” or feel normal” (The National Institute of Alcoholism 1). Many people don’t know that “Alcohol use affects women more than men” (Nordqvist 1). Alcoholism is caused by genetic, psychological, social and environmental factors that have an impact on how it affects your body and behavior. “The process of becoming addicted to alcohol occurs gradually, although some people have an abnormal response to alcohol from the time they start drinking (Nordqvist 1). It all depends on your body. “Studies of laboratory animals as well as human test subjects indicate that genetic factors play a major role in the development of alcoholism, but just how much a factor remains undetermined” (Buddy 1). “Over time, drinking too much may change the normal balance of chemicals and nerve tracks in your brain associated with the experience of pleasure, judgment and the ability to exercise control over your behavior” (Smith, Lawrence, and Jeanne 1). It is extremely dangerous to your brain. Alcohol is a complex idea. Which means genetics increases your risk of alcoholism. When an individual consume more alcohol their “tolerance” to alcohol increases. “Children of alcoholics are four times more likely than other children to become alcoholics, according to the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, but environmental factors could also be a factor in many of those cases” (Buddy 1). “Studies show that most teens that start drinking at or around the age of 15 are very likely to have more problems, as an alcoholic, down the road” (The National Institute of Alcoholism 1). Alcohol affects many people, not just the alcoholic. It affects the people surrounding the alcoholic just as much if not, in some cases, more than the alcoholic. “Excessive alcohol use is capable of...
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