top-rated free essay

Alcoholism and Addiction Among Indian Communities

By odfoxx Apr 14, 2013 959 Words
The Indians has been on this world for a long time and have encountered a lot of hardship while living on this earth. Indians are said to be the highest abusers of alcohol in the world. This has been going on for a very long; since around 1492. They used it for many of reasons to help them in their everyday lives. Who introduced Indians to alcohol?

It was said that most of the indigenous people from North America didn’t possess any type of alcohol. They were introduced to alcohol by the Europeans who arrived to their land in the Western Hemisphere. The only Indians that knew about alcohol or even consumed it were the ones living in the southwestern United States near Mexico who used alcohol for many things including things like celebration or rituals. The Native Americans had started drinking because of the changes that was made to their lives brought about by the arrival of other overseas people. Somewhere along the timeframe Native Americans Indians were being called "drunken Indians". This name was given to preclude that the Indians suffered more than they could handle along with high consumption of the liquor. Liquor was just the starting cause of their problems and more was to come. Why did Indians start drinking?

The Indians who used alcohol before 1492 fermented their beverages for specific rituals. The Tepehuanes and Tarahumaras Indians from the northern Mexico used alcohol for specific reasons. They fermented corn to produce tesvino. The tesvino was used or consumed at cere-monies that marked the important days of their lives. Alcohol was given to their children when they reached a certain age. This was to signify that they were about to enter into adulthood and drinking alcohol marks important times of their life during the rituals. The Pimas and Papagos Indians really did not consume alcohol; they stuck to their old traditional ways by using a sagua-ro cactus and extracting the intoxicating juices and using it as part of their ritual. They used this drink as a divine force to bring rain into world. In doing this it helped them decide how much cactus liquor should be drunk for the year. When they did that they would become intoxicated to the point that they didn’t know what was going on. The Aztecs Indians drank pulque made from a maguey plant out of Mexico, which is another form of alcohol. There are a lot of Indians still believed to be drinking too much alcohol which is very bad for them. They believed that whoev-er drank alcohol gained some type of power. The Mayas Indians used balche from bark and honey as a type of alcoholic mixture.

The effects that it has on the body
A lot of Indians drink so much that they don’t realize or understand the effect that it hav-ing on their body. There is still no clear explanation for why Indians drink so much or get ad-dicted to drinking so quickly. Is it because they start drinking at the age of 12? This is some-thing that we may never know. Some people perceive Indians as being weak hearted and don’t have any passion for themselves. Nonetheless, Indians who drink fail to acknowledge the fact that it is a chronic illness. Alcohol affects the brain like a disease and causes problems for people all over the world. Also, it destroys parts of the body and can cause problems like cirrhosis of the liver. These problems can be prevented if one can control their alcohol consumption. Women having babies who consume alcohol can hurt their babies. Some the babies between the ages of newborn to 14 years can get the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), which is a pattern of mental and physical defects that is developed during the nine months women are pregnant. The fetus intakes almost everything the mother does; especially if they there are high levels of alcohol consumed during pregnancy. Also, the Indians can pass this along to their children within their genetic traits some may pick it but not all of them. There is a thing called flushing that is linked with your genes, that’s deals with your alcohol metabolism in your body. It’s basically the increased blood flow in your face and neck, this happens when different amount of alcohol is in your system. When Indians are drinking alcohol is also effect their brain, it’s a central nervous system depressant. It causes Indians to get in a depressed state, which leads to death. The Indians are the highest among deaths between 2001 and 2005 at 11.7 overall compared to the United States as a whole. How to prevent Alcohol?

Their was a law passed in 1986 called the Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, which did not allow Indians to purchase or consume any more alcohol in the United States or American colonies. The only thing is that they can purchase al-cohol as individuals, and of their reservations. What is the reason for the law if they can still do that? The law is supposed to try and keep them safe, so there are no worries about them over in-dulging in alcohol. They just need to stop drinking all together and their will not be any more major problems within their community for years to come. Summary

In this research Indians do have a major drinking problem. The problem comes from their previous ancestors and was pass along to them. The main thing is to just stop drinking and to get you help or counseling. Then if the Europeans would of never introduced them to alcohol they probably would not be in the situation they are in now.

Cite This Document

Related Documents

  • Alcoholism Among Teenagers

    ...CHAPTER 3 Presentation and Interpretation ..………………………………………. 11 CHAPTER 4 Summary of Findings ………………………………………… 12 Conclusion ………………………………………… 12 Recommendation ...

    Read More
  • addiction

    ...Genetic explanations for the Initiation of addictions Heritability of addictions such as alcoholism and gambling can be studied through family and twin studies. The presumptions of twin and family studies are that if family members share similar behaviours, then the degree to which the behaviours are caused by genetic factors can be examined....

    Read More
  • Alcoholism Among the Youth

    ...Preventing Alcoholism among the Youth The debate over whether the legal drinking age should be lowered or remain the same is an ongoing battle. At the age of twenty-one, it is studied that the mind is finished with its natural process of development. It is less likely that alcohol can damage the development of the brain as compared to the brai...

    Read More
  • alcoholism

    ... Impact of Alcoholism and Alcohol Induced Disease on America Thuy Truong Psy 105 Prof. S.Garry Nowak Dec 4, 2013ABSTRACT ABSTRACT The purpose of this paper is to give an overview of what alcoholism is, and how alcohol induced disease, the deleterious impact of heavy drinking, alcohol abuse and alcoholism on the United St...

    Read More
  • Charles Bukowski's Addiction To Alcoholism celebrate; and if nothing happens you drink to make something happen.” Many people around the world struggle with alcoholism. They will find any reason just to slip a drink into their daily routines. Some people drink to forget the guilt and shame, some drink as a way of celebration, and others drink because of they are physically dependent...

    Read More
  • Alcoholism

    ...Alcoholism is a big problem because it can not always be cured, it is a disease, and treatment does not always work. Alcoholism can be cured by these 3 ways. You can go to treatment for alcoholism, but you are not always guaranteed a positive outcome you can be an outpatient during the week, and be home on weekends, or you can check into a sobri...

    Read More
  • Alcoholism

    ...Quoted/Paraphrased/Summarized 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 prop...

    Read More
  • Essay about Alcoholism and Drug Addiction

    ...FORWARDING CERTIFICATE Ms Bandana Grover has been permitted to write a project on “Alcoholism and Drug Addiction” for B.A. LL.B. (Hons) Internal Evaluation of Amity Law School, Sector – 125, Noida, AUUP. Date: 10th October 2011 Ms. Mokshdha Bhushan Lecturer Amity Law School AUUP Noida - 2013...

    Read More

Discover the Best Free Essays on StudyMode

Conquer writer's block once and for all.

High Quality Essays

Our library contains thousands of carefully selected free research papers and essays.

Popular Topics

No matter the topic you're researching, chances are we have it covered.