Essay Alcoholism: a Disease or an Addiction?
<br>"Disease" is the powerful word that generates provision of health insurance payments, employment benefits such as paid leave and workmen's compensation, and other government benefits. The direct and indirect cost of alcoholism is rapidly increasing, already exceeding a billion dollars annually (Fingarette 51). According to government statistics, the largest single area of economic loss at $9.35 billion, is the lost production of goods and services that can be attributed to the reduced productivity of alcohol-troubled male workers (Claypool 39). In addition, cost to society on alcoholics' health care expenditures alone already total to $18,820 million dollars (Cost 1). Health insurance companies are paying for these treatments of alcoholics as if they actually had a disease. This means the United States actually has to pay more for their health insurance - health insurance that should not be provided at the cost of the American public. . This is an absurd amount of money to be spending on alcoholics, people who preferred to take the path of drinking to the extent that they became addicted.