The Effects Of Alcoholism On The United States Essay

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Alcohol is the third leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States. Each year an estimated 87,000 deaths occur due to alcohol(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2013 Alcohol consumption in the United States has continued to remain popular despite all of the negative effects. Alcoholism is defined as A chronic, progressive pathological condition, mainly affecting the nervous and digestive systems, caused by the excessive and habitual consumption of alcohol (The American Heritage Medical Dictionary,N.D.) . “Throughout most of U.S. history 'habitual drunkenness ' was viewed as a problem of moral degeneracy or character flaw inherent in the individual” (Gunzerath, Hewitt, B. G., Li, T., & Warren, K. R., 2011). More recently researchers and health professionals have proved the exact opposite. Alcoholism is now being viewed as a true medical condition and should not feel that it is a character flaw. Alcoholism not only has a physical and mental effect on oneself but an economical component too. According to the National Institute on Alcoholic Abuse and Alcoholism, adults (18 and up) 87.6% of adults have tried alcohol in their lifetime. Out of those adults 7.2% have an alcohol use disorder, or commonly referred to by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 2014). There are over 88,000 alcohol related death’s yearly in the united states, of those 62,000 are men and 26,000 are female deaths…

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