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Running head: Alcohol Addiction1Alcohol AddictionSabrina BrayLiberty University LUO
Alcohol Addiction2AbstractAccording to the National Institute on Drug Abuse or NHI (2017) 27 billion dollars is spent each year in health care costs alone and another 249 billion dollars annually in costs related to crime, and lost work productivity due to alcohol addiction. Some people do not comprehend why or how other people become addicted to alcohol. They may believe that those who drink lack the principles or willpower and that they could stop drinking by simply by wanting to. Addiction is acomplex disease and quitting takes more than good intentions and a strong will. When a person who is physically dependent on alcohol stops drinking they go through withdraw symptoms. Thishappens because the brain and central nervous system have physiologically changed and becomedependent on the alcohol. Treatment is the only choice for those who have become addicted.
Alcohol Addiction3Alcohol AddictionCauses of Alcohol AddictionFor some it starts due to the social aspect of drinking, they are at a party want to have funand relax so they have a few drinks which lead to more drinking. Others feel stressed or anxious and believe they will feel better after a few drinks. The person wants to repeat these experiences, so they drink more often, and they drink more each time. Having one or both parents that are an alcoholic is a red flag for possible addiction. Simply put alcohol addiction boils down to one major cause, the person takes a drink. “Alcohol is by far the most abused drug. It’s perfectly legal for those of legal age. It’s available everywhere, round-the-clock, and it’s inexpensive. Thisis also one of the key alcohol addiction causes.” (Drug Addiction Support, 2018)What determines alcohol addiction?According to the Drug Addiction Support.org (2018) based on the DSM 5 Criteria for Substance Dependence three or more of the following must be present for a person to be diagnosed with alcoholism. Building up a tolerance, having withdrawal symptoms when stopping, the substance