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Running head: DRUG AND ALCOHOL ABUSE
Drug and Alcohol Abuse
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DRUG AND ALCOHOL ABUSE
Why drug and alcohol abuse is a social problem
Drug and alcohol abuse has been a persistent discussion topic ever since the nineteenth century.
The fact that we still experience extreme drug and alcohol abuse cases means that this problem has
probably been approached in an insufficient manner (A European Guide. 2017). Alternatively, it
might also mean that the real causes of drug and alcohol abuse have never been solved. Drug and
alcohol abuse is, therefore, a social problem because of its many direct and indirect effects on the
The mystery involving the drug and alcohol abuse persistence as a social problem comes from
the fact that the subject brings diversified assumptions. People believe that this is an individual
problem and that it involves a simple process of drug and alcohol consumption, addiction and
rehabilitation. It looks like everyone is very aware of the effects and impacts of drug and alcohol
abuse, but there have been less combined efforts to educate the people that as much as these
problems begin with an individual, the impacts affect all of us.
Contrary to the assumption that drug and alcohol abuse is a problem for the family and friends of
the affected, it is relevant to look at the contributions of these individuals to the society. Alcohol and
drug abuse is a collection of a plague that reverberates its effects outwards. The results affect more
people than just the victim’s inner circle. The adverse effects are felt by the family, friends and have
long-lasting impacts on the community and the nation at large. Apart from the fact that this subject
has been accommodated in the society as a simple problem hence accruing more victims, there is a
lot to talk about on the effects it has on the persons abusing drugs and alcohol. Therefore, society
should be concerned about drug and alcohol abuse because it is a contaminating social problem with
both obvious and hidden repercussions.
DRUG AND ALCOHOL ABUSE
Reference sources for Drug and Alcohol Abuse
A European Guide. (2017). Health and social responses to drug problems: European
Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Abuse. Doi: 10.2810/961338
This is a guide to handling the common social health problems with special consideration
to addictions. The voluminous article has extensively researched on causes and impacts of
addictions. It groups addicts into several categories and tries to giv...