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Cause and Effects of Alcohol and Alcoholism When people hear the word drug they usually think of an illegal substance such as cocaine heroin marijuana or any other drug that can be found on the street Most people never consider the fact that consuming alcohol can be just as harmful as illegal drugs If constantly abused alcohol can be even worse for one than taking illegal drugs Irresponsible drinking can destroy a persons life as well as the lives of those around them Alcohol can cause a person to be confused disoriented and to have hallucinations httpwwwfaadrugcomalcoholhtm Alcohol tends to make a person feel very aggressive which can lead to violence and a criminal record More than 70 of attacks and violent deaths are committed or experienced by people who were intoxicated httpalcoholismtqncommsubeffecthtm When people become both mentally and physically addicted to alcohol they become an alcoholic and suffer from a disease called alcoholism Alcoholism is defined as a diseased condition of the system brought about by the continued use of alcoholic liquors Websters Dictionary 37 Alcoholics may become angry and argumentative quiet and withdrawn or depressed Usually they feel these negative feelings because Alcohol is a depressant httpmemberstripodcomUkyouCharmmentalhtml They can also feel more anxious sad tense and confused Usually by drinking alcoholics feel relief and security Alcohol is usually consumed either by peer pressure or wanting to have a cool image Contrary to this cool image most people that drink alcohol make fools of themselves In todays society alcohol has become a big problem that needs to be dealt with Many times alcoholism starts during a persons high school and college years however some teenagers and young adults frequently abuse alcohol and never think about the physical mental and emotional toll that alcohol can have on their life The cause of underage drinking of teenagers and college students is the effect of adults selling to minors When alcohol is made freely available to
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