Alcohol Related Disorders Short-term disorders connected to alcohol abuse revolve around memory loss, hangovers, brain damage and deterioration of organs like the heart and liver (apa.org, 2014). Alcohol has been found to have a markedly poor impact on mental and emotional health, increasing depression and rates of suicide (apa.org, 2014).
While for many people drinking is just a way to relax, for others consuming alcohol causes abuse and a host of negative disorders. Generally, alcohol disorders are viewed as conditions diagnosed by doctors when the consumption of alcohol by an individual causes negative consequences, some form of harm is done or created. A common symptom is putting themselves in dangerous situations because of their issues with alcohol. Alcohol related disorders are no simply subject and problem-drinking is influenced by a range of factors. For every individual, the influence of factors is diverse. "Problem drinking has multiple causes, with genetic, physiological, psychological, and social factors all playing a role. Not every individual is equally affected by each cause. For some alcohol abusers, psychological traits such as impulsiveness, low self-esteem and a need for approval prompt inappropriate drinking" (apa.org). Other drinkers seek to medicate other issues like ADHD, or even emotional issues. There are certain trends which often correlate to alcohol abuse such as poverty or a childhood riddled with abuse. It's important not to discount that (apa.org, 2014). Researchers have also spent copious amounts of time examining the connection between genetic factors, alcohol abuse, and alcohol related disorders. At the same time, a family lineage of alcohol problems doesn't necessarily mean that one will develop such disorders, nor does the lack of such issues mean that one can't necessarily develop them on their own (apa.org, 2014). The bottom line is that alcohol is an addictive substance, and partaking in an addictive substance generally means that a problem or disorder can establish and perpetuate itself (apa.org, 2014).
Alcohol has been known to create a range of related conditions, all of which have negative impacts on the ...
Current Trends or Issues
One of the current and consistent trends with alcohol abuse and alcohol related disorders are the difficulty of shaking alcohol dependence. Alcohol dependence is one of the toughest disorders to beat and this is in part because of the physical addiction that develops. Certain researchers have been able to shed more light on this as a whole, studying how the intensity of withdrawal symptoms can increase after repeated episodes, as a result of the kindling process (Becker, 1998). "Kindling is a phenomenon in which a weak electrical or chemical stimulus, which initially causes no overt behavioral responses, results in the appearance of behavioral effects, such as seizures, when it is administered repeatedly" (Becker, 1998). Essentially what this means is that withdrawal symptoms become more severe during alcohol withdrawal as a result of these neurochemical imbalances (Becker, 1998). This research demonstrates that when it comes to alcohol and the brain, there is still a wealth of issues that researchers don't quite understand. For instance, researchers looked at women of normal or under body weight who expressed a desire to lose weight, and found that these women suffered more severe alcohol-connected consequences and fewer protective behavioral strategies (O'Conner et al., 2006). Researchers aren't sure why these trends exist, just that they do, as they highlight more of the nebulousness in the connection between alcohol and neural issues. One trend in connection with women (and some men), is that alcohol consumption and impulsivity are strongly connected. In fact, researchers found that excessive alcohol consumption…
Short-term disorders connected to alcohol abuse revolve around memory loss, hangovers, brain damage and deterioration of organs like the heart and liver (apa.org, 2014). Alcohol has been found to have a markedly poor impact on mental and emotional health, increasing depression and rates of suicide (apa.org, 2014).
Alcohol abuse is a condition that is characterized by a pattern of excessive drinking in spite of negative effects resulting from the use of alcohol on an individual's occupational, legal, educational, medical, and/or social life. Alcoholism results from this destructive pattern of alcohol abuse after a period of time and includes a number of other symptoms including: increased tolerance to alcohol over time; alcohol withdrawal; a pattern of using more
5%, and 7% of patients had an alcohol-related discharge diagnosis (Ganry, Joly, Queval, & Dubreuil, 2002). Both studies indicate alcohol abuse in elderly populations, however additional studies are needed to examine the general nature of the problem. Alcohol abuse is not the only misdiagnosed and mistreated diagnosis suffered by the elderly. There is also growing concern regarding drug use, notably prescription drug use. The elderly is considered one of the highest-risk
For the purpose of spreading the information this paper includes some of the signs and symptoms of alcohol dependence. Consuming five or more drinks in a row for boys and four or more drinks in a row for girls is considered binge drinking. Alcohol poisoning is a grave consequence of binge drinking. The signs of alcohol poisoning are feeling confused; having a seizure; experiencing irregular breathing; pale or blue-tinged skin;
Substance use disorders including alcohol use disorder are defined in the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-V) by the presence of several time-dependent subjective and behavioral criteria. Diagnostic criteria vary depending on the substance being used or abused. Alcohol abuse disorder is among the most significant of the diagnoses given the legality of alcohol and the prevalence of alcohol use in the general population. According to the
Benshoff, John J. & Laura K. Harrawood, Darwin Shane Koch. (Apr-May 2003) "Substance abuse and the elderly: unique issues and concerns." Journal of Rehabilitation. Journal article retrieved from Find Articles Health & Fitness database on 25 Oct 2005 athttp://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0825/is_2_69/ai This article by John J. Benshoff, Laura K. Harrawood, and Darwin Shane Koch entitled "Substance abuse and the elderly: unique issues and concerns," attempts to understand why alcohol abuse amongst the elderly
Alcohol abuse was once considered a problem of willpower. Now, it is widely recognized as a medical problem with three primary roots causes: biological factors, psychological factors, and socio-cultural factors. This paper examines the three root causes, beginning with the foundation that genetic predisposition plays a tremendous role in substance abuse and alcoholism. If examines the biological factors impacting alcohol abuse, but goes beyond genetics to discuss brain changes that