Unit 1 - Introduction Sociology - Part 2

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The sociological imagination is the ability to look at the everyday world and understand how it operates in order to make sense of their lives. It is a state of mind, which enables us to think critically about and understand the society in which we live, and our place in that world as individuals and as a whole. A classical approach to sociological imagination is understood has having the ability to recognize the relationship between history and biography within society.

Alcohol is the most used and abused drug in the world, for this reason there is no wonder why we have alcohol problems. The most common problem is alcoholism. Alcoholism is a chronic usually progressive disease that includes both a psychological and a physical addiction to alcohol. Alcoholics know what will happen to them when they drink but they are so addicted they can't stop drinking. Adults are not the only ones that become alcoholics.

Some people use alcohol to express hostile feelings that wouldn't express when sober. Alcohol is a major factor in the committing crimes. Two out of three murders, one out of three rapes, and two out of five results are connected to the use of alcohol. Traffic deaths caused by alcohol are very common in the U.S. This shows that alcohol not only hurts the people drinking but also innocent people. One out of two traffic deaths are caused by alcohol and nearly twenty-five thousand Americans die each year because of the eight hundred thousand car accidents caused by alcohol. Alcoholics are seven times more likely to be involved in fatal accidents than non-alcoholics are. Alcohol is also related to three out of five cases of child abuse, up to one out of two incidents of domestic violence, one out of three suicides, and up...