I have been surrounded by alcoholics my entire life. Great Grandma was an alcoholic that preferred Brandy and after a coke bottle filled with Brandy she continued on with her day as usual. Dad was an alcoholic before I was born which led to our family being broken up due to the abuse, neglect, failure to hold a job, him cheating on my mom numerous times. Then when I was 16 years old he sexually assaulted me. Followed by a step dad that was an alcoholic and had a psychotic teenage son that molested me for 7 years every single day and multiple times a day. Finally I told my step dad what was happening and his own son beat him into a coma where he died 6 years later. Followed by me being married to 2 alcoholics one which beat me up one time the other beat me numerous times and then I found out he was going around town raping children. Finally I was free of all that life was becoming normal and going great when I was on my way home from work and was hit by a drunk driver in a snowplow that resulted in me being bedridden for 15 years 14 surgeries and I am finally able to use my arms and legs again however I am headed back into surgery this coming Thursday. The doctors estimate that I have about 17-19 more surgeries left to get me back to functioning completely on my own.
Alcoholism a real social problem because people make terrible mistakes under the influence of alcohol. They encourage others and pressure them to drink -- such as at college parties, they also induce harm with health effects. And finally they threated to tear family and friends apart with fights -- both verbal and physical.
Alcoholism is a disease that affects millions of people in the world. Those who deal with alcoholism have a life-long battle to attempt to control the urges to drink. Those who cannot control their alcoholism face many problems with the effects of their drinking, as do the people who come in contact with them directly and indirectly. Alcoholism contributes to many social problems such as car accidents caused by DUI, companies with workers who call in sick due to drinking, and families who deal with the stigma that an embarrassing parent or child on a drinking binge can cause. There is also the financial problems of the physical effects of drinking. The countless trips to doctors and emergency rooms, and the high cost of treatment for liver transplants for people who have destroyed their livers due to too much alcohol consumption.
Yes, alcoholism is a real social problem and there are few people that would argue against this. It is clear that alcohol addition destroys lives and communities. The real argument is how society should combat alcoholism. The answer does not lie in prohibition or excessive sin (excise) taxes, but in education.
I definitely think that alcoholism is a real social problem. I think that some people really need to get help on their issues with alcohol. I also think that society seems to put a great emphasis on alcohol being a main part of socializing. People should stop making it so important.
I believe alcoholism is a personal problem, not a social problem. Alcoholism should be looked at like a medical disease or maybe a genetic condition, since we don't know exactly what causes it yet. I think taking it on as a social problem is pointless. We do need to tackle this problem, but through proper medical care, both body and mind.