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Alcohol Abuse: A Tale of Destruction



Alcohol Abuse: A Tale of Destruction
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     challenging words:    alcohol-related, drinker, sobriety, alcoholism, tolerance, craving, gradual, glossary, recovery, abuse, risky, repeated, substance, alcoholic, automobile, series
     content words:    Attending Alcoholics Anonymous, Alcohol Free Children, Alcoholics Anonymous


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Alcohol Abuse: A Tale of Destruction
By Joyce Furstenau
  

1     Studies have shown that some people drink because others do. This is not a wise choice. Drinking alcohol is risky, especially if you don't know when to stop. Sometimes people drink and drive. That is very dangerous. You could be arrested and put in jail for drinking and driving.
 
2     There are many warning signs of alcohol abuse. Alcoholism starts as social drinking, something only adults, or people of legal age to drink, should do. Unfortunately sometimes when grownups drink too much they can get into trouble, also.
 
3     The social drinker continues drinking, building a tolerance to alcohol. If you ask a problem drinker how many drinks they've had, they probably can't tell you. Before long, they can become addicted, which means they need it every day. When people feel the need to consume alcohol every day despite the problems they encounter because of their drinking, they become what is called an alcoholic.
 
4     The families of alcoholics are affected by this drinking habit, too. They can be embarrassed or ashamed by things they see the alcoholic doing. Family members might feel guilty, thinking they are to blame. Sometimes, the unpredictable behavior of an alcoholic can cause shame and great loss for an entire family.

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