How America’s Drinking Culture Impacts Addiction

How America’s Drinking Culture Impacts AddictionAlcohol is an acceptable part of our culture. When an organization is planning a fundraiser, one of the first agenda items is acquiring alcohol. Restaurants consistently offer daily drink specials. Family gatherings, whether they are for engagement parties, weddings, and even funerals include alcohol. Alcohol is also sold at sporting events, concerts, and other cultural activities. In fact, it is difficult to find an event in which alcohol is not a part of the occasion.

It is also culturally acceptable for a person to respond to some levels of peer pressure when it comes to drinking. A group of friends may suggest that the designated driver would be fine to drive should he only have one drink and may go even as far as purchasing the drink for that person.

In addition, when a person is having a particularly stressful day, many people will suggest a cocktail as a form of self-medication to relieve the stress. Perceiving that alcohol has such a medicinal value suggests that the use of alcohol for stress relief is a good choice.

Consequences of Alcohol Abuse

According to Alcoholics Victorious, a support group, there are many negative impacts to our society due to alcohol abuse including the following:

  • Alcohol related crashes kill someone in theU.S.every 22 minutes.
  • At any minute, one of 50 drivers on the road is drunk and every weekend night, one out of 10 is drunk.
  • According to the Center for Disease Control inAtlanta, there are 105,000 alcohol related deaths annually due to drunken drivers and alcohol related injuries and diseases.
  • Alcohol related accidents are the leading cause of deaths among young people.
  • Drunk drivers are responsible for 1/2 of highway fatal injuries.
  • 65 people each day die on our highways due to alcohol.
  • In 1988, 25,000 Americans were killed in auto accidents involving alcohol. Over one half million were injured.

While the culture accepts alcohol consumption, it is highly unlikely that these consequences of irresponsible drinking are acceptable.

Alcohol Acceptance and Addiction

The NIDA-funded 2010 Monitoring the Future Study showed that 13.8% of 8th graders, 28.9% of 10th graders, and 41.2% of 12th graders had consumed at least one drink in the 30 days prior to being surveyed, and 5.0% of 8th graders, 14.7% of 10th graders, and 26.8% of 12th graders had been drunk.

According to the Mayo Clinic, the risk factors for alcohol addiction include the following:

  • Steady drinking over time
  • People who begin drinking at an early age are at a higher risk of problem drinking or physical dependence on alcohol
  • Family history
  • Social and cultural factors

With alcohol being socially acceptable, we are increasing the risk that future generations will be afflicted by alcohol addiction.

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