Negative Effects of Alcohol
University of Phoenix Negative Effects of Alcohol
Many alcohol consumers only think about the positive effects of consuming alcohol, the pleasurable time they will have with their friends. Little do they know, about the negative effects alcohol carries with it. This research will discus the negative effects alcohol has regarding: addiction, genetics, health, family, and advertisement.
“Alcohol addiction is a physiological dependence on alcohol” (National Institute of Health, 2000). This means a person has no control over whether he or she takes a drink. Physical addiction is when a person’s body actually becomes dependent on alcohol. It also means that a person builds tolerance to that …show more content…
Inflammation of the liver causes healthy liver cells to be replaced by scar tissue. Scar tissue on the liver is referred to as cirrhosis, and in this case is called alcoholic cirrhosis. This is the third stage of ALD. “Cirrhosis of the liver leaves it unable to perform vital functions” (Alcoholic Alert, 2005).
Women suffer the negative effects of alcohol more than men, due to the way each gender absorbs alcohol. If a man and a woman were to drink the same amount, in the same time, the alcohol level would be higher in a woman than in a man, even when weight is not a factor. “Women have lower levels of a key enzyme needed to break down alcohol, the alcohol stays in their bloodstream longer and exposing the liver to higher blood alcohol concentrations” (NIAAA, 2005). “ALD is responsible for approximately 15,000 to 20,000 deaths a year in the United States” (USC Research, 2006).
There can be no greater love than that of ones family. When a loved one falls into a cycle of drinking, this can only spell disaster for everyone involved. It disrupts day-to-day activities, breaks apart family values, family unity and tears down trust. Alcoholism is a disease that affects many families in the United States.
“Alcoholism is also known as a family disease. Alcoholics may have young, teenage, or grown-up children; they have wives or husbands; they have brothers or sisters; they have parents or other relatives. An