Alcohol Consumption - Effects and Social Acceptance
Rumors and old wives tales such as stress makes women heavier drinkers, divorce prompts heavy alcohol use, people drive better when they are drinking, and teenagers are the main group of drunk drivers, are being thrown at todays society left and right in an effort to blame the other guy. With all the talk about alcohol use and abuse these days, people are lost between fact and fiction. All of this tossed in with the truth leads to confusion where most of society is torn between tradition and personal beliefs. Alcohol is a destructive drug that can lead to addiction, arrest, illness, and even death; all of these consequences, however, have not caused much of a dramatic change in alcohols social acceptance or usage.
Most people know what alcohol is, but not everyone knows its history, where it comes from, or how it is produced. Alcohol is a word derived from the Arabic al-kohl, which was a term used to describe eyeliner that Middle Eastern women wore. Later, the definition broadened to mean an exotic substance. It was primarily used among ancient people for special ceremonies, magic, and medicine.
Nowadays, alcohol takes a lot of blame and gets bad press, such as the effects and problem of alcoholism.
The dictionary describes alcoholism as continued excessive or compulsive use of