The Problem of Drinking in Our Society Essay

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The Problem of Drinking in Our Society On a recent learning channel special alcohol was introduced as being extremely hazardous and sometimes fatal when used irresponsibly. Alcoholism is a disease classified as the need for alcohol that affects over 8.1 million Americans. Twenty percent of all suicide victims are alcoholics. Excessive drinkers who are not alcoholics risk suffering from long-term health conditions, such as liver failure, which often require hospitalization and transplantation, and can result in death. Even consumers that think they are not in danger of the above conditions are still susceptible to the accidents that occur …show more content…
The British Medical Journal has stated the results to a recent study saying that individuals who drink a pint of beer every day have less risk of a heart attack than those who don't drink at all. Another study by The British Journal of Psychiatry states that the mental decline related to aging slows when one consumes alcohol moderately.

In many cultures, alcoholic beverages have been consumed since recorded history for religious, medicine, or recreational purposes. Traditionally, beer was used by the ancient Babylonians and wine by the Hebrews in religious ceremonies. It is believed the community drank together to progress to a sense of belonging and good neighboring. In medicine, alcohol has been used to relieve pain and to increase the appetite, and in many cultures it is still considered a necessary ingredient for good health and a well balanced meal.

People may also point to past attempts to abolish alcohol from our society, such as prohibition. Instead of ending crime and making our society more civilized, Prohibition lead to organized crime by providing the opportunity for criminals, such as the notorious Al Capone, to become extremely wealthy by selling the illegal drinks. The "experiment" of prohibition was called a failure by many politicians and sociologists.

There are two main approaches that alcohol-opponents have

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