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This paper discusses the problems of alcohol abuse and its societal implications, including its impact on both individuals and communities. The paper attempts to provide a comprehensive but brief overview of the impact of alcohol abuse on other social problems. It also provides possible solutions to this social ill. The paper concludes that alcohol abuse is significant social problem that generally intertwines with the other societal ills, and that to combat it a complex approach is needed.
From the Paper:"Historically alcohol has been one of the prevalent types of drugs of abuse; its use was documented as early as the period of Ancient Egypt, with beer being brewed for public consumption. Nevertheless, it is the modern times when alcohol abuse became a problem that proves particularly deleterious for public health. According to community surveys in Britain, about 6 per cent of the adult male and 1 per cent of the adult female population in the 1990s suffered from chronic alcoholism (Harrison et al., 2002, p. 1), while in 2007 the number of clients of substance abuse treatment facilities in the USA amounted to 721,018 (U.S. Census Bureau, 2008, p. 129).
"Alcohol abuse diverts the attention of affected individuals and communities from the urgent social problems, undermines their ability to respond to the changing conditions of life and increase their risks of social marginalization. The harmful effects of chronic alcohol abuse are undisputed; what is often left out of picture is its impact on society at large, as well as its connection with the other social problems.
"Before I start my analysis, I would like to express my own opinion on the societal problems of alcohol abuse. In my view, increasing levels of alcohol abuse is just one of many dimensions of the contemporary societal crisis, which finds its roots in social..."
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