Effects of Alcohol on Society
In fulfillment of course requirements for English 205
It is 11.40 p.m. on a Monday night and Darren is doing something he has not done for a very, very long time: staying sober. Darren is exactly 17years and 3 months old and a senior high school student. According the law, Darren can only take his first legal bottle of beer when he ...view middle of the document...
Alcohol abuse (often) harms people than the one who drink, and can visit undesirable consequences on society as a whole. For instance, alcohol is typically believed to lead to dwindled worker productivity, an increased rate of unintentional injuries, violence and aggression against others, and spouses, and child abuse. Research outcomes have revealed that drinking is directly or indirectly involved in or associated with most of these social vices. Admittedly, however, research findings that alcohol actually causes these effects do not exist. But this does not negate the fact that alcohol has profound adverse personal and social effects.
Against popular arguments that alcohol drinking has age-old social roles ranging from wedding gatherings to certain traditional rituals, its abuse has profound ramifications for the individual and society. For instance, alcohol abuse is commonly attributed to some people’s failure to fulfill major work, home and school-related obligations. Such unfulfilled obligations include chronic absences, unsatisfactory work performance, neglect of household and children. In addition, many people have been known to continue drinking even in potentially hazardous situations such as operating an automobile or machinery (Galanter 2005). Moreover, households have been relieved of millions of dollars in legal fees due to alcohol-related altercations like perpetual arrests for disorderly conduct while drunk and life-threatening bar brawls. As a consequence, many households have continued to sink deeper and deeper into avoidable poverty. When drinking continues despite recurrent social/interpersonal problems, arguments or physical fights with spouses ensue. In extreme cases, hitherto happily married couples end up filing for divorce, just because one of the spouses cannot carry his or her liquor. (Blondell 2005).
The effects of alcohol consumption on driving safety, especially for youth, cannot be overstated, and the available alcohol-related car crashes statistics are sobering. Each year in across the United States, 6,000 teenagers are killed by drinking under the influence of alcohol (DUI), a number that surpasses all illegal drugs combined. So much is the frequency that, in 2009, deaths emanating from alcohol-related car crashes was 1 in every 50 minutes! Drunk teenagers’ road recklessness continues to claim major newspaper headlines slots: teenagers car racing… four people dead; an elderly man mowed down by an over speeding drunk driver… as a result, the most needed (and limited) policing time is wasted trying to investigate each case of hit-and-run so that so much time that could otherwise be used to carry out more important and unavoidable cases is lost unproductively. In addition, courts waste most of their limited time presiding over evitable accidents. When this happens, the family, friends and communities of the victims suffer the greatest pain when a teenager with promising future perishes in a grizzly...