Alcohol, fetal alcohol syndrome,
effects - alcohol
There has been a lot of discussion in the last few
years about the continuing problem of alcohol, the effects that
alcohol syndrome has, the general effects of alcohol, poisoning and what it
to society today. Should we treat it as if it were an illicit drug?
Some of the promoters of harsh restrictions on the sale
and marketing of certain alcoholic beverages (restrictions such as
advertising bans and higher taxes) have justified their proposals with the
erroneous assertion that it is no different than illegal drugs.
There have even been stories in some of the media
attempting to equate alcohol with the use and/or abuse of illegal
substances such as marijuana, crack, cocaine and heroin.
It is Part of our civilization
We will first mention as a matter of information that
alcoholic beverages have been a part of western civilization for more than
25 centuries. Now we know there will always be people among us who drink.
America has already tried prohibition and learned conclusively that it
does not work.
Most drink responsibly and do not suffer with
the nasty side effects
The simple fact is that many Americans like to drink
and the vast majority of those who do, drink responsibly, thus, the public
policy challenge we face today is not to stigmatize all drinking as bad
but to maximize the probability that those who choose to drink will do so
in a responsible manner.
It's a fact that excessive drinking can seriously
damage one's health. Those who claim that it is a drug want that word
to carry a particular, threatening connotation. In reality, however, drug
is an ethically, legally and physiologically neutral term that encompasses
a wide spectrum of substances.
Is it a drug?
According to a well-known medical textbook of
pharmacology, a drug is any chemical agency that affects living processes.
A drug can be as menacing as cocaine, as benign as sucrose or as helpful
as vitamin C.
In a societal sense, some drugs relieve pain and assist
in the healing process. Others are safely and legally enjoyed by millions
of people very day, even though overuse can result in undesirable side
effects. And Some drugs are so terribly addictive that simply
experimenting with them carries substantial risk.
Drinking to excess can lead to problems
Recent studies show that excess alcohol consumption can
lead to a number of serious health problems, and of course there is the
problem of addiction which must be taken into consideration.
Who among us hasn't been exposed to a friend or
relative with a severe drinking problem. Many of societies' problems today
such as spouse abuse, child abuse and dysfunctional family relationships
can be traced to drinking problems.
Alcohol may lead to liver problems, a variety of
cancers as well as forms of osteoporosis and depression, and studies are
showing, too, that women are more susceptible to the ill effects of it than are men.
From this information, it is safe to conclude that
anything, which has this type of effect on one's general health, is going
to affect the entire system. And research has shown that alcoholic
the body of its necessary vitamins and minerals.
Social-drinking seems to be an accepted practice these
days and the arguments both pro and con about the
effects of alcoholic beverages will always be with us. It is our
hope that as you read and consider this information you will become more
aware of the effect that alcohol, fetal alcohol syndrome, and poisoning
have on our society today.
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