Addiction is the state of a person partially or wholly, psychologically, and physically depending on a drug to function normally. Many substances have the potential of causing addiction. Common drugs that people are addicted to today include narcotics, alcohol, and heroin, among many others. The internet has been said to be a new form of addiction. When one is addicted to something, they find it hard to live without the substance. On many occasions, the addicted person will depend on the drugs to perform usually. Alcoholism is a form of addiction where a person is wholly dependent on alcohol. This paper looks at alcoholism as a form of addiction, which causes people to be addicted to alcohol and the possible solution to this type of dependency.
Alcoholism is a form of dependence that makes one wholly or partially dependent on alcohol. Sometimes, the situation is so bad that one loses their excellent health due to consuming too much alcohol. One takes it in excess until their judgment becomes impaired. Their physical health becomes weak, but they cannot live without it. There exist many factors that contribute to people drinking alcohol. One of the principal causes of individuals taking a drink is peer influence (Jury & Smith, 2016). As children grow up, they may be influenced to think that drinking is a cool thing to do. Young people like to identify themselves with those who are consuming alcohol, and in the process, they get used to drinking to the extent that they can not do without taking it. Various adverts on alcohol also lure young people into believing that taking alcohol is a good thing. The adverts present alcohol as something that will make them be more accepted by society and, at the same time, help them overcome particular life challenges (Mudavanhu & Schenck, 2014). In the process, the youth are misled and end up taking alcohol to become excessive consumers of alcohol. Thirdly, the ease of accessing alcohol is to blame for the rising cases of alcoholism. It has become common to find selling of alcohol in supermarkets and shops around people residents with the option of buying and taking it at one’s own convenient time. The price of alcohol is not that high for ordinary people to afford. The ease of accessing it makes people be tempted to take it. After taking it several times, one develops the urge to drink it over and over again. Lastly, in many societies, they lack counseling units to warn people about the dangers of alcoholism. Many people seem not aware of the health and social problems related to alcoholism. The lack of knowledge and failure of manufacturers to indicate health problems brought about by excessive drinking makes people take alcohol without considering the dangers they are putting themselves in.
Alcoholism is more prevalent in men more than women. Similarly, people below forty years are the most affected. Their desire to drink more seems to be insatiable (Jury & Smith, 2016). They are also believed not to be having many family obligations that can hinder them from indulging in excessive consumption. In the past few years, the problem has been on the rise among many schools going children. It is becoming common to find school-going children drunks, and some are affected to the extent that they drop out of school as they can no longer concentrate on their studies when sober.
Many civilizations around the world are coming up with measures to prevent their people from alcoholism. One of the ways of curbing this form of addiction is through legislation. Many governments across the world have come up with a strict measure to control the selling of alcohol. Opening hours for bars and other alcohol-selling joints have also been limited to limit drinking hours. Implementation of laws will ensure alcohol is not sold to underage people to prevent them from being alcoholics at a tender age. Secondly, to avoid the ease of accessing alcohol, it should be taxed highly to make its price higher to reduce the number of people who can afford alcohol (Boyd, 2013). With the amount of alcohol going up, its demand will fall, and some people may change their drinking habits. Thirdly, to help prevent more people from taking excess alcohol, manufacturers should have all drink bottles labeled with the dangers of taking alcohol. People taking alcohol will read the risks related to taking alcohol and reduce the amount they drink or quit drinking altogether. Civic education on the dangers of drinking will also help lessen the number of people drinking alcohol in excess. There is a need to educate people on the health risks associated with alcohol to make them aware of the dangers they are putting themselves in. Lastly, the government should develop more correction and rehabilitation centers to help those who wish to quit taking alcohol but are unable (Fabelo, Iglesias, Cabrera, & Maldonado, 2013). The centers will provide critical assistance that will reduce the number of people affected by excessive alcohol use.
From the above discussion, alcoholism is caused by some factors. The factors may include but are not limited to peer influence, ease of accessing alcohol, and being affordable. The prevalence of alcohol addiction is higher in men than in women. A different explanation supports the upper prevalence in men than women. Lastly, there exist various ways used to overcome alcohol addiction. For example, increasing alcohol prices make it more expensive hence fewer people will afford it. There is a need to educate people on the dangers associated with alcoholism, and in the process, the number of alcohol addicts will go down.
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