The acute drinkers have trouble in controlling the use of alcohol while the chronic alcoholics cannot regulate their drinking habits. Fundamentally, the detrimental effects of alcohol and drugs use not only affect the drunkard and the alcoholic family, but the whole society. The society pays a huge price for high drug and alcohol-related incidences. The negative impacts of alcohol and drug dependence include broken marriages, health issues, and the absence from work. The sociologists employ sociological explanations such as symbolic interactionist, functionalist, and conflict perspectives to explain the drug and alcohol use.
Kendall points out that Americans consume wine, liquor, and beer in large quantities annually (166). Approximates indicates that about eight percent of the American population aged over twelve years use alcohol and illegal drugs at least in a month. Although the possession of illegal drugs such as cocaine and marijuana is regulated, the American population tends to use them in huge amounts. Kendall observes that the society makes the licit and illegal drugs available for the consumers. Notably, Kendall argues, “we live in a society that is saturated with both licit and illicit drugs, some that are difficult to obtain while others are available as drugs at the local convenience store” (167). Hence, a section of the members of the society has perpetuated this social problem. The society subjectively views the habits of taking alcohol as harmless and acceptable while disregarding the fact that the substance impairs many people and places burdens on the society, alcoholic, and the immediate family. As Kendall notes, the society compares the implications of the alcohol taking to that of substances such as marijuana to justify its legality (167). Thus, the people’s perceptions validate the actions of the alcoholics.
The craving for alcohol is often strong and overpowering, and the