Alcohol Abuse And The Biggest Killers Essay

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Did you know that Alcohol is one of the biggest killers in the UK? Alcohol seems like a 'normal thing ' these days. So why is this still able to happen when alcohol abuse is one of the biggest killers? Alcohol seems a lot more acceptable than drugs because we see it every single day, even though there are more people with alcohol related problems. So lets talk about Alcohol Abuse what it actually is and the affects of it psychologically and emotionally, and on the individual themselves...

Alcohol Abuse
Alcohol is measured in units, a small glass of wine (125mls) contains around one and a half units in it. A 25ml measure of spirits is one unit. It is recommended that men shouldn’t drink more than 3-4 units of alcohol a day on a regular basis, and for women it is even less it should be no more than 2-3 units per day on a regular basis.
What is the reason behind Alcohol Abuse?
Surely it is just that the person chooses to drink alcohol and they can stop it if and when they want to? Well no... it is all actually down to our neurotransmitter system. "Drinking alcohol increases the levels of norepinephrine, the neurotransmitter responsible for arousal, which would account for the heightened excitement when someone begins drinking."(psychology today). Neurons communicate with each other through signals that are both electrical and chemical. Drinking alcohol decreases activity in the prefrontal and temporal cortex of the brain. "Alcohol has been found to affect over…

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