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Alcoholism Symptoms Causes and Effects I am sitting at home playing Nintendo with my roommate jake when I heara knock at the door I wonder who in the world would be coming over this lateat night because its after midnight As I open the door the tired bloodshot eyes ofmy upstairs neighbor Steve stare at me Hi Sam Steve says As he attempts toenter my apartment he stumbles on the slight rise where the weather strip runsunder the door As he trips his forehead smashes onto the edge of the coffee tableleaving a deep and bloody gash I run in the bathroom and grab a towel while Jaketries to help Steve It doesnt take us long to realize that Steve is going to needstitches and is in no condition to drive He smells strongly of alcohol We place amake-shift bandage on his cut and throw him in Jakes Chevy truckOn the way to the hospital Steve starts complaining about being really cold He is talking incoherently and half crying I ask Steve what he has been doing andhe just hangs his head down mumbling about drinking Steve isnt a social drinker He drinks alone He explains that he has been drinking by himself all night longSteve is not a young college kid experimenting with alcohol Steve is overthirty years old Steve drinks nearly every night Steve is an alcoholicAlcoholism is a disease that affects many people in the United States today Itnot only affects the alcoholic but also their family friends co-workers andeventually total strangers The symptoms are many as are the causes and theAlcoholism is defined as a pattern of drinking in which harmful consequencesresult for the drinker yet they continue to drink There are two types of drinkersThe first type the casual or social drinker drinks because they want to They drink with a friend or with a group for pleasure and only on occasion The other type thecompulsive drinker drinks because
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