In the United States alone, nearly 18 million people have an addiction to alcohol. This drug can be a mild to chronic addiction and sometimes can turn out fatal for some people (Chakraburtty). Almost 100,000 people have died from overusing this drug (Chakraburtty). Alcoholism and alcohol abuse is not only damaging emotionally, physically, and mentally to the person who is doing it, but to the people around them as well.
Both alcoholism and alcohol abuse are each categorized as different cases. Alcohol abuse is different from alcoholism because people who are just alcohol abusers still have the ability to stop when they need, or to have the common sense to know when they have had too much. Alcohol abuse is still a very serious case though; people who abuse alcohol under any circumstance are not only risking their own life, but people around them. Alcoholism and alcohol abuse are both self- destructive and they can affect so many different things with themselves and their loved ones (“Alcoholism”).
Alcoholism is the most serious form of someone who is abusing alcohol. Alcoholism is also known as alcohol dependence (Edwards). When someone is known as alcohol dependent, it is where that person is completely addicted to the substance (“Alcohol Abuse and Dependence). They do not just want to have a drink or two, but they are craving and desiring that drink to cope, satisfy, or to help that person deal with something. Being an alcoholic is the point where someone cannot mentally or physically go without a drink (Edwards). Also, when someone makes the choice to try and stop the drinking issue, they begin to go through withdrawal symptoms (Edwards). Once someone’s body hits the state that they start having these symptoms like, shakiness, stomach ache, depression, anxiety, and sweating, then it is to the point that that person has gone past having a good time to putting their health in bad shape and under serious conditions (Edwards).
People may think that alcohol may be hard only on the liver, but when someone abuses alcohol it can affect much more. For example, alcohol has a major effect on the brain. Alcohol has been known to be a major cause of many suicides, homicides, car accidents, and other death related topics (Chakraburtty). Many people are naïve into thinking that alcohol can and is harmless, but while they are having that drink to just have a good time, they are unaware of the toll it is taking on their body. Chronic alcohol use is very hard on your health and can lead to many long lasting health problems (Chakraburtty). Alcohol is very harmful to other organs as well as the body’s tissue. According to Alcohol’s Damaging Effects on the Brain, “moderate drinking leads to short- term impairment,” but it can also lead to long term impairment as well (Parsons).
The long-term impairment that can happen, especially with parents, is the huge effect on the people around the alcoholic. Parents that have a drinking problem tend to be blinded and...