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Alcohol Addiction Alcohol Addiction Psych 305 February 20, 2017 Adriane Harper
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Alcohol Addiction 1 Abstract This paper is on the causes, prevalence, and treatments of alcohol addiction. Alcoholism is a disease that has expanded all across the world. A range of environmental, health, and family issues leads to the disorder of depending on alcohol. There is over 3 million US cases today that deal with the struggle of alcohol addiction. The similarities which causes people to become dependent on alcohol leads to the prevalence of alcohol, and the frequency of this addiction leads to the importance of treatment to decrease the number of people who succumb to this disease.
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Alcohol Addiction 2 Introduction Nobody wakes up and says “Hey, today I’m going to become an alcoholic”. The temptation of fitting in, a genetic inheritance, or stress can lead a person to start drinking to cope. The coping leads to wants, and wants lead to necessity, then necessity leads to dependence on the substance that started out with just one drink. Alcohol addiction is a chronic disease in which your mind and body becomes dependent on alcohol. Alcoholism starts with a decision to pick up a drink but will end with a person’s decision to save their life. Alcoholism is a convoluted disease that consist of ongoing genetic influences and environmental factors that play a key role in contributing to the causes of alcoholism. Living environment, peer pressure, and stress has a lot to do with the outcome of a person becoming dependent on alcohol. Adolescents start drinking at a young age because of social drinking wanting to fit in, and peer pressure. “However, adolescence seems to be an especially vulnerable phase to develop an alcohol use disorder: more than two thirds of people with an alcohol
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