Cause and Effects of Alcohol and Alcoholism
When people hear the word drug, they usually think of an illegal substance such as cocaine, heroin, marijuana, or any other drug that can be found on the street. Most people never consider the fact that consuming alcohol can be just as harmful as illegal drugs. If constantly abused, alcohol can be even worse for one than taking illegal drugs. Irresponsible drinking can destroy a person's life as well as the lives of those around them. Alcohol can cause a person to be confused, disoriented, and to have hallucinations (http://www.faadrug.com/alcohol.htm). Alcohol tends to make a person feel very aggressive, which can lead to violence and a criminal record. More than 70 % of attacks and violent deaths are committed or experienced by people who were intoxicated (http://alcoholism.tqn.com/msubeffect.htm).
When people become both mentally and physically addicted to alcohol, they become an alcoholic and suffer from a disease called alcoholism.
Alcoholism is defined as a diseased condition of the system, brought about by the continued use of alcoholic liquors (Webster's Dictionary, 37). Alcoholics may become angry and argumentative, quiet and withdrawn, or depressed. Usually they feel these negative feelings because Alcohol is a depressant (http://members.tripod.com/UkyouCharm/mental.html). They can also feel more anxious, sad, tense, and confused. Usually by drinking alcoholics feel relief and security.
Alcohol is usually consumed either by peer pressure or wanting to have a cool image. Contrary to this "cool" image, most people that drink alcohol make fools of themselves. In today's society alcohol has become a big problem that needs to be dealt with. Many times alcoholism starts during a person's high school and college years; however some teenagers and young adults frequently abuse alcohol and never think about the physical, mental, and emotional toll that alcohol can have on...