Alcoholism Research Presentation

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Research Paper for Comp. Health

Submitted: June 27, 2011

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Joe Thomas & Justin Galvez
Comprehensive Health
Mr. Darr
27 June 2011
Alcoholism Research Presentation
Alcoholism is, by definition, a disease or mental illness that is characterized by three different symptoms. One: a mass craving or need and compulsion to drink alcohol on a regular basis. Two: the inability to stop drinking; AKA: loss of intake control. And three: physical independence; getting withdraw symptoms; things like nausea, sweating, shakiness, and anxiety, when alcohol use is stopped after a long period of heavy drinking, and can only be relieved by drinking again.
In America today, nearly 14 million citizens; which is 1 in every 13 adults in America, have an alcohol-related issue. 53 percent of American citizens confess to knowing or being close to someone who has an alcohol problem.
Alcoholism has little to do with what kind of alcohol one drink, how long one has been drinking, or even exactly how much alcohol one consumes. But it has a great deal to do with a person's uncontrollable need for alcohol. This description of alcoholism helps us understand why most alcoholics can't just "use a little willpower" to stop drinking. He or she is frequently in the grip of a powerful craving for alcohol, a need that can feel as strong as the need for food or water.
While some people are able to recover without help, the majority of alcoholic individuals need outside assistance to recover from their disease. With support and treatment, many individuals are able to stop drinking and rebuild their lives.
Above most causes of the start or continuation of this problem is the way that Americans are influenced by the things around them. There are many different kinds of influences that make us Americans start to drink, and then, not stop. Some of these things include peer pressure, advertising, genetic past, the environment, video games, movies, and many more.
Throwing everything else out of the water, the two biggest causes of Alcoholism are genetics and the environment. It is important to recognize the aspects of a person's environment, such as peer influences and the availability of alcohol. Both inherited and environmental influences are called "risk factors."
There are several risk factors for alcoholism.
 


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