Alcohol And Drug Abuse

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Alcohol And Drug Abuse



Alcohol and drug abuse is one of biggest problems in United States today. It is not only a
personal problem that dramatically affects individuals' life but is a major social problem
that affects society as whole. "Drug and alcohol abuse", these phrases we hear daily on
the radio, television or in discussions of social problem. But what do they mean or what
do we think and understand by it? Most of us don't really view drug or alcohol use as a
problem, if that includes your grandmother taking two aspirins when she has a headache or
your friends having few beers or drinks on Saturday night. What we really mean is that
some drugs or alcohol are being used by some people or in some situations constitute
problem with which our society must deal. It becomes a real problem when using or I should
say abusing drugs cause accidents, antisocial behavior, broken relationships, family
instability, crime and violence, poverty, unsafe streets and highways, worker absenteeism
and nonproductivity, and the most tragic one death. The situation in which the drug or
alcohol uses accurse often makes all the difference. The clearest example is the drinking
of alcohol, when individual begins to drink during the job, at school, or in the morning,
we have evidence that indicates a potential drinking problem. If a person takes narcotic
drug because he just wrecked his knee while his physician prescribed playing football and
the drug, most of us would be not concerned. If, on the other hand, he took the

Same drug on his own just because he likes the way it makes him feel, then we should begin
to worry about him developing dependence. Even use of illegal drugs are sometimes
acceptable, but it also depends on situation, for example in some countries smoking
marijuana is legal just like drinking alcohol in United States. Some subcultures even in
United States that accept the use of illegal drugs may distinguish between acceptable and
unacceptable situation, some college age groups might accept marijuana smoking at a party
on weekends, but not just before going to a calculus class. Most of people would accept a
fact that a bartender or a waiter who is working at a night club is having a beer or a
drink on his break or that a landscape worker is having a cold beer with his lunch on a
hot summer day. I'm not saying that it is "OK" but we wouldn't complain abut it or pay any
attention to it. On the other hand we all would be totally shocked to see a school bus
driver having the same bottle of a cold beer with his lunch on a hot summer day, or a
doctor having a drink on a break between the operations.

About 43 percent of all Americans have experienced alcoholism in their families and one in
eight Americans is the child of an alcoholic. Thy grow up with or married an alcoholic or
a problem drinker, or had a blood relative who was an alcoholic or a problem drinker.
Excessive drinking exacts a heavy toll on family life. Of the estimated 19 million adult
are problem drinkers, about 8 million of

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