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Causes and Effects of Alcoholism Alcoholism is the continued excessive and usually uncontrollable use of alcoholic drinks There are many symptoms complications treatments and ways of prevention for alcoholism Certain groups of people may be at a greater risk than others for several reasons There are numerous factors in how people may become addicted More than thirteen million Americans abuse alcohol and over 100000 deaths are caused by alcohol AOL1 Symptoms of alcoholism include some if not all of the following Drinking secretly or alone and on a regular basis are early signs of alcoholism Other symptoms include forgetting things that happened while intoxicated irritability an unorganized personal or professional life and seclusion from things that used to occupy time and amuse ones self Goodwin6 Berger68 These symptoms are acquired over time and may be hard to spot Binge drinking when somebody consumes large amounts of alcohol in one sitting is also a sign of alcoholism AOL1 Factors of the ability to become an alcoholic depend on a few things The age at which one starts drinking is a major part of the disease The younger the age a person starts drinking the more liable they are to become an alcoholic This is due to the fact that if a person starts drinking at a younger age the more time they have to make it a habit Also drinking is more appealing to a younger person due to media and peer pressure Gender race age and family history are all major factors as well Young females that have a family history of alcoholism are largely at risk However the largest group of people at risk of becoming alcoholics overall is teenagers Wilson 1 As a form of rebellion or just having a god time alcohol has worked its way into many teenagers lives at one time or another The
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