Social Drinking vs. Alcoholism

Social drinking vs. alcoholism

No other disease has the ability to affect as many cultures, age groups and backgrounds as alcoholism. Many individuals suffering from alcoholism are reluctant to admit or may be unaware that a problem exists. Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant that is processed in the liver and spread throughout the body via the blood stream. This leads to a decreased heart rate and respiratory depression. Small amounts of alcohol can create feelings of relaxation, but this effect is temporary. Alcohol’s potential for abuse and dependency makes...

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Alcoholism Statistics

Alcohol is a heavily regulated substance in the United States and very closely watched by researchers and statisticians. Research statistics are based on the assumption that one drink consists of 12 ounces of beer or a wine cooler, 8 ounces of malt liquor, 5 ounces of wine or 1.5 ounces (one shot) of 80-proof liquor. Heavy drinking for men is defined as two or more drinks a day and for women as more than one drink per day. If you are a heavy drinker, you should understand the difference between binge drinking and chronic drinking. Alcoholism...

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