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Alcoholism: The Social Disease
# 1537 | 1,785 words | 4 sources | 2000 | US
Published on Feb 17, 2003 in Psychology (Alcohol and Drugs) , Sociology (General) , Nutrition (General)

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This paper takes a comprehensive look at alcoholism, starting with the telltale signs of a problem drinker, the physical and mental effects of alcohol, alcohol's effects on society, the causes of alcoholism, as well as treatment and prevention.

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"When a person is intoxicated, he tends to do things he would not do under normal circumstances. He may harm himself or those around him, drive recklessly, and embarrass himself by saying and/or doing foolish things. There are signs that distinguish the differences between problem drinking and alcoholism, and although there is no exact pattern, some of the basic symptoms of advanced alcoholism are: drinking daily, a high tolerance for liquor, drinking alone, drinking in the morning, withdrawal symptoms upon quitting, "blackouts" or loss of memory, loss of social ties, and guilt about drinking. The person becomes completely dependent on alcohol, physically and emotionally, and the substance controls every aspect of his life (Berger 11). Some secondary signs, or problem drinker signs include: problems related to or while drinking such as quarreling with a loved one or DUI, a failed attempt at quitting, hording extra drinks at a party or keeping an eye on the supply, and lying about usage."

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