Alcoholism In Aboriginals It is believed by many different people that aboriginals are alcoholics. This may be true in some cases, but definitely not all. Alcohol was first introduced to the aboriginals through social interactions with European explorers, fur traders, and merchants. Alcohol became a part of their business as well as pleasure. The aboriginals had no immunity to alcohol. Although the stereotypes of the drunkenness of aboriginals have been exaggerated, it is still a real problem.
Alcoholism increased the risk of heart disease, liver disease, gastro-intestinal cancers and much more. Alcoholism can also provoke accidents, suicides, family violence, unemployment and criminal behavior. Henoch Obed, an addiction counselor in Newfoundland and Labrador, explains an example of the affects of alcoholism. ""ÃÂ¦Myself, I am a sober alcoholic and drug addict. My sister perished when she was drunk. My nephew killed himself and his own father and mother while they were drunk.
My older brother shot himself when he was drunk."Ã¯Â¿Â½ This just shows that drinking may not only make you feel good, it can be a serious problem and very, very dangerous.
The rate of liver disease due to drinking among aboriginal people is three and a half times the national average. So far the most successful alcohol treatment program was developed by and for aboriginals who have gone far beyond this understanding of addictions. Alcoholism has four main symptoms, one is craving, two is lack of control, three is physical tolerance, and four is physical dependence. Scientists do not yet fully understand what causes alcoholism. Although many people use alcohol at times, only a small percentage develops a drinking problem.
Children of alcoholics are at high risk of becoming an alcoholic, they often do poorly in school, and they often develop unhealthy living patterns. They are at high risk...