Alcoholism : Alcoholism And Alcoholism Essay

1638 Words Apr 23rd, 2015 7 Pages
Running head: Alcoholism 2

Alcoholism is a chronic and often progressive disease that includes problems controlling your drinking, being preoccupied with alcohol, continuing to use alcohol even when it causes problems, having to drink more to get the same effect (physical dependence), or having withdrawal symptoms when you rapidly decrease or stop drinking(Mayo Clinic Staff, 1998-2015). The chemistry of alcohol allows it to affect nearly every type of cell in the body, including those in the Central Nervous System. In the brain, alcohol interacts with centers responsible for pleasurable and other desirable sensations. After prolonged exposure to alcohol, the brain adapts to the changes alcohol makes and becomes dependent upon it. For people with alcoholism, drinking becomes the primary medium through which they can deal with people, work, and life. Alcohol dominates their thinking, emotions, and actions. The severity of this disease is influenced by factors such as genetics, psychology, culture, and response to physical pain (Alcoholism Current Controversies book; James D. Torr). One of the characteristics that may influence a person’s risk of becoming an alcoholic is his or her sex. Studies in many cultures have found that the prevalence of alcoholism and heavy drinking is generally higher among men then in women (Prescott). Most alcoholics are men, but the…

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