Essay by Anonymous UserCollege, Undergraduate March 2008

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The topic that I chose to write about was alcoholism. The reason that I chose alcoholism was because of the affect that it has had on both sides of my family. One of my uncle's was killed in a drunken driving accident but the thing was that my uncle was the one who initiated the accident with a state police officer. So it has always been a subject close to my heart and I thought this was the prefect time to find out more about the subject, so I could maybe prevent myself from becoming an alcoholic.

Alcoholism is defined as the consumption of or preoccupation with alcoholic beverages to the extent that this behavior interferes with the alcoholic's normal personal, family, social, or work life. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) defines alcoholism as a maladaptive alcohol use with clinically significant impairment as manifested by at least three of the following within any one-year period: tolerance; withdrawal; taken in greater amounts or over longer time course than intended; desire or unsuccessful attempts to cut down or control use; great deal of time spent obtaining, using, or recovering from use; social, occupational, or recreational activities given up or reduced; continued use despite knowledge of physical or psychological sequelae.

Alcoholism can result in psychological and physiological conditions, and in some cases it could ultimately turn into death if the person doesn't quit abusing the alcohol. Alcoholism is one of the world's most costly drug use problems; with the exception of nicotine addiction, alcoholism is more costly to most countries than all other drug use problems combined. For most people, alcohol use poses little to no danger of addiction. Other factors must exist for alcohol use to develop into alcoholism. These factors may include a person's social environment, ways...