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What Is Alcohol Abuse?

Apr 29, 2008
The consumption of alcoholic beverages dates back to the beginning of time. Unfortunately some of us are affected by the excessive consumption of alcohol in a very negative way. Hence the problem of alcohol abuse which has disrupted lives, societies and civilizations over the generations..

Today, probably more so than ever before, consuming alcohol has become the norm. When consumed in moderation, it can be a form of relaxation. Many people come home from a hard day of work and unwind with a drink. The problem is how do you know when that relaxing drink has taken over your life? How do you know when you become dependent on it? Alcohol abuse in today's society is becoming a serious problem. In the past people used to believe that alcohol abuse was characterized by a weak personality, but today it is seen as a serious disease that can affect us all.

Statistics on Alcohol Abuse

Are you aware that 1 in 13 adults is affected by alcohol abuse. WebMD, the online health guide, reported that in the United States alone, 12 to 14 million adults suffer from alcohol abuse and each year, around 100,000 adults will die from alcohol abuse. This number does not take into account the fact that alcohol abuse is a large factor in contributing to the country's car accidents, suicides and homicides. In addition alcohol also affects many other things such as increased rates of job absenteeism, and increased reports of domestic violence and child abuse.

What are the Signs of Alcohol Abuse?

If you enjoy an occasional drink at home or with friends this does not indicate that your are suffering from alcohol abuse.. As a guideline:

- in women, a key indication that there is a degree ofalcohol abuse is if you consume more than seven drinks a week and more than three in a social gathering. - In men, the rate of consumption would have to equal more than 14 drinks per week or anexcess of four drinks while with friends.

Other signs include: - alcohol cravings, - a loss of control when drinking, which leads to the person unable to stop drinking. - -Tolerances built up to alcohol can be another sign of alcohol abuse, - physical dependence on alcohol, such as nausea, sweating and headaches if no alcohol is consumed.

The scientific community are in agreement that many other factors are involved with drinking, such as family history of drinking, family genetics, stress levels, and social and environmental factors.

In today's modern society alcohol abuse is reaching dramatic levels that are escalating all over the western world. Alcohol abuse is a treatable disease, but does prove quite difficult to cure and it can affect anyone. As there are so many factors that make some people more susceptible to it than others. Whilst many of us drink and enjoy ourselves in moderation, it is important that we all keep the message in mind and keep our consumption to recognized levels.

There is an Unfortunate modern social development which has raised alcohol consumption to levels of absurdity as the fashion of Binge Drinking has become the norm amongst many of the young. This bad influence will only lead to more and more of us suffering from alcohol abuse.
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