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Thematic Statement Alcoholism is a major problem in the United States because it is a socially acceptable drugAAlcohol is built into our social system 1It is used for any and every occasioncHolidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving B It is the most Legal and Lethal drug available C The abuse of Alcohol costs over 85 billion annually in lost productivity1 Alcohol acts to depress those centers of the brain that are associated with judgement self control and Inhibition2 A persons senses are progressively impaired as alcohol intake increasesa For ex the coordination required for tasks such as driving an automobile is correspondingly diminishedb It impairs memory and decreases learning abilityc Reduces persons problem solving ability1Alcohol consumption is considered a major factor in divorce child abuse an other family and community problems2 40 of motor vehicle accidents and 60 of boating related accidents are due to Alcohol3 These accidents tend to be more serious than those in which it is not a factorCAlcohol use Is very problematic in young adults and college students1 The reason being it is very easily available2 Penalties for its consumption are mild relative to those for using other drugs it is considered a safer high and most popular among teenagers3 70 of high school students report using alcohol and 42 have engaged in binge drinkingAThese actions are not without consequenceBRecently the ages have been raised to 21 for Alcohol consumption in all 50 states but raising the age is not going to solve the problem problem can only be solved when ALCOHOL will be BANNED
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