Alcohol is one of the most readily available and commonly abused drugs. It has been around for hundreds of years and has taken on many different forms and varieties. The most popular types of alcohol around today are beer, wine and liquor. Unfortunately alcohol abuse, or alcoholism, has been a problem for centuries as well. Alcoholism is defined by an individual’s increased tolerance of and physical dependence on alcohol. It affects an individual’s ability to physically stop drinking as well as their ability to determine a safe consumption level. Alcoholism negatively affects an individual’s physical, mental and social health. Alcohol abuse physically wreaks havoc on an individual’s liver and can impair the vital organ’s function. It can cause mental health problems such as psychiatric disorders, increased risk of suicide tendencies, depression and brain damage. Alcoholism significantly impairs social skills due to the neurotoxic effects on the brain, especially in the prefrontal cortex. Long term use and abuse of alcohol can have devastating and sometimes deadly consequences.
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