Think Before You Drink

The negitive affects of alcohol abuse


Alcoholism is a very hard to stop disease. It all starts when you take your first gulp of alcohol. Then all of a sudden your addicted, and intoxicated all the time. Did you know about 79,000 deaths are annually attributed to excessive alcohol use. If you think about it it's kind of sad because you feel bad for the family members of the person or even for that specific person, because you know he/she will most likely end up not in a good place (jail, homeless, etc.).

Support Groups

If you are having trouble with a family member thats is diagnosed with alcoholism or even you are trying your best to overcome the difficulties of being an alcoholic there are "support groups" out there for you and also to help you. Some support groups for alcohol abuse are Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). This support group is a group that helps people who had past or present drinking problems. Members help each other by talking about why they decided to abuse alcohol and how they can help them selves. Another support group is Al-Anon, which is a group that helps friends and families of alcoholics. One last support group is Alateen. I think this support group stands out the most because this group helps teens and children of alcoholics by teaching them that they did not cause their parents alcoholism and that they can not cure their parents problem.

What do teens say about Alateen - How Alateen Helps

Impaired Judgement

Impaired judgement is when you arent able to make the right decision. Not always is it caused by alcohol, but most of the time it is. Impaired judgement reflects back to drunk driving. It not only affects you but it affects your whole community. So, how many people die every year from drunk deaths? Actually the number is quite high. According to the statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 40 percent of total traffic deaths are due to drunk driving. In 2006, an estimated 17,941 people died due to alcohol-related vehicle accidents. Although people are aware that it is wrong and illegal to drink and drive, they still get behind the wheel of their cars while being drunk. In fact, this more often seen in youngsters under the age of 24 and drink driving accidents are the major cause of death in this group. Also, did you know in the US, one person is killed every 39 minutes by a drunk driver. Everyday 36 people die and nearly 700 are injured due to accidents caused by drunk drivers. Nearly half of all teenage fatalities are caused due to drunk driving. More males than females drive while intoxicated. According to statistics around 81 percent of all drunk drivers are men. In 2007, alcohol-related deaths were 15, 387, which is approximately 37 percent of deaths that occurred in the United States.
The top five states with the highest number of alcohol-related deaths are Texas, Florida, Illinois, California and Pennsylvania.

Are you an alcoholic?

So, you wanna know if you may be addicted or diagnosed with alcoholism. First, here are some symptoms/signs to you may being an alcoholic. The first sign or symptom is Repeatedly Neglecting Responsibilities: Because of drinking, repeatedly neglecting responsibilities at home, work, or school. For example, neglecting the children, performing poorly at work, poor or failing grades in school, or skipping out on work, school, personal or social commitments because you’re hung over. Another symptom is Continued Drinking Despite Relationship Problems: Alcohol is causing or making problems worse in your relationships with your friends, family or spouse, and you continue to drink. For example, fighting with your family because they don’t like how you act when you drink or going out and drinking with your buddies even though you know your wife will be very upset.
  • Drinking to De-Stress: Many drinking problems start when people use alcohol to relieve stress. Because alcohol is a sedative drug, over time, you will need more alcohol to have the same effect. Getting drunk after a very stressful day more often, for example, or reaching for a bottle after you have an argument with boss, a friend or your spouse more frequently.
  • Ashleigh Persico Even B