Marriages have been broken because of alcohol in the American society while children register poor performance in school (BBC News, 2004). An alcoholic renders his or her family socially isolated from the larger society. The social ills of alcohol in the society confirm why the menace is a social problem. People who are not connected to the alcoholic are affected by an alcoholic’s actions. The problem increases the rate of workplace absenteeism and impairs productivity. Risky sexual activity, violence, crime, and automobile accidents happen due to alcoholism.
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (2015) indicates that the prevalence of drinking in United States in 2013 reached 86.8percent for persons aged 18 years and older. Binge and heavy drinking are the common forms of alcohol drinking that people of 18 years or older prefer. Heavy drinking leads to alcohol dependence and abuse and is responsible for 6.8 percent in United States. National Institute of Health reveals that alcohol use disorders affect adults and youth who seek treatment and rehabilitation from the problem in specialized facilities. At least 16.6 million adolescents have reported or found to have alcohol problems.
Not only does alcohol lead to health disorders but also leads to deaths in the American society. It is estimated that 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes every year. Alcoholism has become a third preventable cause of death in United States. NIAAA argues that misuse of alcohol has cost U.S at least $223 billion since 2006 despite being a problem that can be prevented. The global burden increases daily with alcoholism becoming responsible for 200 diseases and health conditions. Gifford (2009) argues that cancers, injuries, and liver cirrhosis have become prevalent in the society.
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