Effects Of Alcohol Abuse On The United States Essay

1095 Words Apr 7th, 2016 5 Pages
¨Alcohol abuse is the third highest cause of death in the U.S.¨(talbottcampus.com). Not only does alcoholism contribute to deaths in the U.S., according to www.niaaa.nih.gov, in 2013, approximately 1.4 million people between the ages of 12 and 20, are engaged in heavy drinking. This statistic is not only shocking because the ages 12-20 is under the legal drinking age, but heavy drinking prior to the brainś full development is a serious issue when it comes to long term risks of alcohol consumption.Underage drinking, and genes that get passed on throughout a family also contribute to alcoholism. Alcoholism is a brain disease that is outside the control of the drinker.
One piece of evidence that points to this, is the long term risks of alcohol consumption. According to the Wall Street Journal, “Experts say alcohol-related brain damage is underdiagnosed and often confused with Alzheimer’s disease, other forms of dementia, or just getting older”(Beck). That causes some serious issues among physicians and families, when they are being told their family member is being affected by something other than Alzheimer’s. The effects on the brain that alcohol has is very similar to dementia, both affecting thinking and reasoning, more so than memory, according to Beck with the Wall Street Journal. Both diseases contain many of the same symptoms, so it is merely impossible to decipher between the two for physicians. The long term use of alcohol severely affects not only the structure of…

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