Alcohol abuse is the most common problem, nowadays. In fact, majority of people drink alcohol repeatedly to the point where they have difficulty to stop. Statistics show that, as much as, “40% of college students report drinking five or more drinks in one episode” (Walters & Baer, 2006). Alcohol has become more popular over the years as advertisements, simultaneously with commercials of it, filled the media. It also is easily accessible and cheap in comparison to other psychoactive substances. On the other hand, alcohol safety awareness programs are barely noticeable. My research will present how alcohol and its abuse gets into people’s lives and how it influences their physical and mental health, as well as, social existence.
Let’s ask a question: why do people start using alcohol at the first place? And why they start doing it at such young age? Well, just “like other adult drinkers, college students expect alcohol to produce a series of positive effects – relaxation, socialization, sexuality – and the strength of these positive expectancies is related to drinking” (Walters & Baer, 2006). And who wouldn’t take a couple drinks to gain a group of friends? It lowers social inhibitions, so it is very well known among shy individuals as well. However, this activity can be also pressurized by peers. In this case, pressure wouldn’t be effective on people who do not accept or see positive aspects of occasional drinking. That means, everyone starts by saying ‘yes’ to a glass.
Of course, everything in this world is created by people for people; so is alcohol. Thus, drinking it may have some positive results; especially, if we recall history lessons, where we were taught that healers had used spirits as a common cold remedy. Alcohol warms up from the inside, so it surely helps to shorten a cold recovery time. Next to that, moderate drinking can have other benefits. Study shows, “moderate alcohol consumption may increase longevity and protect against many diseases, including cardiovascular diseases. One drink per day is probably the best practice for obtaining health benefits from consuming alcohol” (Dasgupta, 2011). Positive effects are not imaginary, although, they may become untrue, if we use benefits of alcohol only as an excuse to drink regularly, as our real reasons are different.
Once a person tried a drink for a recreational purpose, there is a big chance he or she will also reach for it when a problem cause appears. Depression and traumatic experiences often lead to falling into addictions, and since alcohol is sold around every corner, having a few alcoholic beverages would be the first step to ease painful feelings and thoughts. Some readers might now disagree with me thinking: I wouldn’t have done it; there are so many other ways to cope with stress! Unfortunately, only minority of our world’s population thinks in such positive way and can turn their sadness into strength. Perhaps because this learned behavior hides within us, as we...