The abuse of alcohol brings deleterious effects to a person, family and the society. Alcoholism is a social problem because it affects the social order of the society. A dependent alcoholic damages his…
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Marriages have been broken because of alcohol in the American society while children register poor performance in school (BBC News, 2004). An alcoholic renders his or her family socially isolated from the larger society. The social ills of alcohol in the society confirm why the menace is a social problem. People who are not connected to the alcoholic are affected by an alcoholic’s actions. The problem increases the rate of workplace absenteeism and impairs productivity. Risky sexual activity, violence, crime, and automobile accidents happen due to alcoholism.
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (2015) indicates that the prevalence of drinking in United States in 2013 reached 86.8percent for persons aged 18 years and older. Binge and heavy drinking are the common forms of alcohol drinking that people of 18 years or older prefer. Heavy drinking leads to alcohol dependence and abuse and is responsible for 6.8 percent in United States. National Institute of Health reveals that alcohol use disorders affect adults and youth who seek treatment and rehabilitation from the problem in specialized facilities. At least 16.6 million adolescents have reported or found to have alcohol problems.
Not only does alcohol lead to health disorders but also leads to deaths in the American society. It is estimated that 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes every year. Alcoholism has become a third preventable cause of death in United States. NIAAA argues that misuse of alcohol has cost U.S at least $223 billion since 2006 despite being a problem that can be prevented. The global burden increases daily with alcoholism becoming responsible for 200 diseases and health conditions. Gifford (2009) argues that cancers, injuries, and liver cirrhosis have become prevalent in the society.
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Problem drinking is somewhat hard to define, and it is generally measured not in terms of how much alcohol is consumed or how often, but rather, what kind of consequences result. In Australia, approximately 3,000 individuals day annually because of alcoholism, and it can be said that left untreated, this is a fatal health problem.
In this twenty-first century, many social problems are emerging due to the advancement of technology. The social problem is some social condition that causes mischief on any section of the population. They also prevent societies members from developing, using their full potential and violates the norms and ethics of a society.
If alcoholism is a biological disease, there can be no doubt that the problem is the exclusive domain of physicians. But if it is nothing but a character flaw, the rightful specialists to call in are the psychiatrists and similar professionals.
In this clash of ideas, the disease concept of alcoholism seems to hold sway because of the relentless efforts of Alcoholics Anonymous to foster this belief.
This is especially so when it becomes a compulsive addiction. Nonetheless these research findings compel us to look at alcohol in a different light. According to Gordis a director at the national institute of alcohol abuse and alcoholism, there is a high correlation between alcohol use and lowered chances of coronary heart disease (http://www2.postdam.edu/hansondj/inthenews.medical reports/heart/1040).
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want to take refuge from the pains that the world has plunged into with the passage of time is immense and it will keep on continuing, speaking from a realist’s standpoint. The family life of this individual gets destroyed, not to talk about the lives of the people who are
s, unintentional injuries, and violence.” (Mokdad, Marks, Stroup & Gerberding 2000) Professional health care practitioners are constantly vigilant on monitoring alcohol dependents, especially if it exists in conjunction with other illnesses. The negative effects that
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