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In Australia the drinking of alcoholic beverages is legally and socially accepted however excessive drinking has now become a major health social problem Discuss Alcohol abuse is a social problem that has largely increased over the years due to the increasing number of adolescents being introduced to this substance either by there parents brothers and sisters or even there peers Alcohol is a compound of carbon hydrogen and oxygen which can be combined together in many different ways There are many different kinds of alcohol the commonest being called ethyl alcohol Alcohol is one of the most widely used and abused drugs in contemporary Australian society While attractions pleasures and possible benefits of alcohol consumptions may be debated there is little argument about the debilitating effect and enormous costs of heavy drinking and alcoholism on the health of individuals families and society in general The main reason why peoples health and social acceptability have decreased is due to alcoholism Alcoholism is characterised by an emotional and often physical dependence on alcohol and it frequently leads to brain damage or early death Over the last 10 years more males than females have been affected by alcoholism but drinking among the adolescent and among women is increasing Alcohol has been used medically throughout recorded history its medical properties are even mentioned 191 times in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible As early as the turn of the century there was evidence that moderate consumption of alcohol was associated with a decrease in the risk of heart attack The evidence of health benefits of moderate consumption has continued to grow over time A review of research evidence from 1900 to 1986 found a strong consistent relationship between moderate alcohol consumption and reduction in cardiovascular disease in general and coronary artery disease in particular Alcoholism usually develops over a period of years The consumption of Alcohol comes to
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