The Aspects Of Alcohol Affects The Brain

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There are many current drug issues like heroin, prescription pills, and cocaine but one drug that people do not think about is alcohol. Alcohol is legal but that does not make it any less deadly or addictive. Alcohol has the potential to destroy families and kill people if abused. People do not realize how much alcohol abuse can affect a person 's wellness dimensions. There are seven dimensions of wellness, physical, intellectual, emotional, social, occupational, spiritual, and environmental. Alcohol impacts a person 's internal functions. Alcohol harms your liver, colon, digestive system, urinary system, reproductive system, and other aspects of the human body, "The three main conditions associated with overuse of alcohol are fatty liver, …show more content…
This shortens their life and decreases their quality of life. One can be impacted intellectually and emotionally because alcohol affects a person 's mood and coping skills, "Many alcoholics experience memory loss and difficulty with problem-solving and decision-making." (Goldberg, 126). Alcohol negatively affects the brain and it has been shown that continual alcohol abuse can shrink the brain, "Using imaging with computerized tomography, two studies (8,9) compared brain shrinkage, a common indicator of brain damage, in alcoholic men and women and reported that male and female …show more content…
Addiction turns a person into something that they are not. It forces people 's behavior to change, they could commit a crime because of their addiction. An alcoholic could drive drunk and kill another person or a group of people, "The age group with the highest rate of drunk-driving fatal crashes is 21 to 24. This age group accounts for 35% of all fatal crashes…" (Goldberg, 136). Addiction ruins relationships, the abuser could stop speaking with their family and lie to their loved ones. This could happen because the addict is ashamed of their behavior and is afraid of what their family may think. Addiction also damages a person 's quality of life. The Illness-Wellness Continuum is a scale that measures how ill or well a person is. The illness end consists of disability, signs, symptoms, and pre- mature death. Addicts typically are stuck on this end because the drug becomes routine. The drug makes a person feel consistently sick and since the person always feels this way, it becomes normal. When this is normal it is hard for a person to move up into wellness because they cannot remember what it is like to feel well. It could also result in premature death. The alcoholic could suffer from alcohol poisoning and die or have a drug related

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