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Chapter 13 Notes (highest grade in class)

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Louisiana State University
SOCL 3501

Alcohol Use and AbuseoDefinitions of DrinkingoModerate drinking is typically defined as consuming no more than 1 drink per day for women and no more than 2 drinks per day for men A drink is usually defined as a 12ounce can or bottle of beer a 5ounce glass of wine or wine cooler or a 15 ounce shot of liquor oProblem Drinking or Alcohol Abuse occurs when some of the aspect of the individuals life usually more than one is negatively affected by hisher drinking In other words their drinking causes problems in their personal relationships their health or at workschoolThis may lead to alcohol dependence oAlcoholismAccording to National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism alcoholism is defined byA strong cravingLoss of control one beer turns into 10 even when after it causes them to be ill or harmed Physical dependence may get ill when drinking stopsTolerance takes more alcohol to get intoxicated or to just function At some point in the disease tolerance may drop due to liver damage and decreased liver functioning oExtentAccording to the text 63 drink mostly moderately and about 37 abstainAbout 6 of Americans are considered to be alcoholics number of days and number of drinksoEffects of AlcoholsMental and physical impact Alcohol is a depressant it reduces sensorimotor skills It does NOT improve dancing sexual performance or driving It does not cause people to insult or harm others This is more of a selffulfilling prophecywe expect it to make us this way so it does We even may excuse peoples bad behavior because they are drunk oSocial Effects
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