Alcoholism; A social insight
Alcohol has been present in the history and culture of mankind since the beginning of times. Used in religious activities and ceremonies, the concept of alcohol has historically been portrayed as beneficial for its analgesic, antiseptic and medicinal properties. However alcohol consumption, with the use of media has been transformed into an element in our society that is present everywhere and its abuse is such that, is the third leading cause of death in America. (1)
There are approximately 80,000 deaths attributable to excessive alcohol use each year in the United States(2). Alcohol along with tobacco has become the most legal used drugs in the world. About 65% of American adults claim to drink socially, however numbers get astonishingly big around college students, 90% of college kids drink, and the word occasionally takes a twist here, because college students are reported to be heavy drinkers, which means on average, more than two drinks for men a day and one for women. One drink is defined by its alcohol content; one drink refers to a 12 oz. beer, 5 oz. of wine, or a 1.5 oz. of 80 proof (40%) pure alcohol shot or liquor in a mixed drink like a cocktail. Alcohol consumption is believed to be, nearly five times more than what moderate standards refer to. This is increasingly worrying, because more alcohol consumption means increasing risk, not only for the drinker itself, but to all the people around the individual and even third parties.
But now, let’s focus on this – Alcoholism, a word that no drinker wants to use, or even acknowledge as a problem associated with their life. But, what defines alcoholism? The world health Organization defines alcoholism, as an Alcohol Dependence Syndrome, compulsive and uncontrolled consumption of alcoholic beverages. Alcoholism is now medically considered a disease and an addiction. People who suffer this condition are considered Alcoholics; alcoholics slowly starts to build a tolerance...