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Alcoholism is a very serious subject in the United States About seventy-six million Americans are exposed to alcoholism either directly or through a family member or acquaintance Alcohol should not be legal at any age in the United States The main problem arises when alcohol is abused When too much alcohol is consumed you can experience many different reactions Alcohol can impair thoughts that lead to doing something you did not want to do Alcoholism can slow judgement that makes it difficult to perform mechanical tasks well such as driving Alcohol can have deadly results when drunkenness causes delusions leading to suicide or other crimes Alcohol is a drug and your body does not function well on drugs It is a natural reaction for the body to reject the alcohol You can become physically sick and incapacitated if you drink too much The sickness symptoms might include headache nausea and dizziness Excessive drinking can cause chronic liver disease that is the leading cause of death by alcohol The number of deaths related to cirrhosis of the liver is 39 of known alcoholics Death rates from alcohol were very high during the years 1982-1986 Almost 100000 people died from alcohol-related driving accidents Statistics in the United States were as follows Motor vehicle accidents were 27 homicides and suicides were 34 and the leading death rate of 39 was caused by cirrhosis of the liver The number of men dying from liver disease was 147 per 100000 and womens death rates were 66 per 100000 Another major result of alcoholism in the United States is loss of employment If a person cannot function at their job on a daily basis that includes arriving on time and remaining alert and productive on the job that person will lose their employment As a result they will be unable to provide for their families and their own daily needs and may actually become homeless Alcoholism can be directly linked to
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