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Introduction One large component of American popular culture today is alcohol an addictive substance commonly used similarly as aspirin and caffeine Alcoholism has no racial sexual or economical preference but instead is a malicious disease that attacks randomly For most people who drink alcohol is a pleasant accessory to societal leisures Numerous people become troublesome due to their drinking Currently nearly 14 million Americans1 in every 13 adultsabuse alcohol or are alcoholic Several million more adults engage in risky drinking that could lead to alcohol problems These patterns include binge drinking and heavy drinking on a regular basis In addition 53 percent of men and women in the United States report that one or more of their close relatives have a drinking problem Due to hereditary and ecological factors alcoholism is inclined to run in families In 1990 683 percent of whites 645 percent of Hispanics and 556 percent of blacks used alcohol What is Alcoholism Alcoholism is a progressive chronic disease that can be fatal without treatment Alcoholism is defined as a pattern of incessant drinking in which harmful consequences often result for the drinker even though they continue to drink The Webster New Universal Unabridged Dictionary defines alcoholism as a complex psychological and nutritional disorder associated with excessive and usually compulsive drinking Alcoholism refers the drinking of alcohol to such a degree that major aspects of ones life are seriously and repeatedly interfered with These aspects include work school family relationships personal safety and health Alcoholism is considered a disease and is a very complex disorder It has known physical psychological and social symptoms Alcoholics increase the amount of alcohol over time due to an increasing tolerance and increasing desire for the alcohol They become dependent on the chemical effect in order to function daily Alcohol becomes the alcoholics priority and everything else is secondary family financial means of support hobbies everything ceases to hold any importance Alcoholism also known as alcohol
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