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Erie is the fourth largest city in the state of Pennsylvania, with a total population of 104,000 according to the 2010 census. The city is located in northwestern PA, named after the lake and Native American tribe that resided along the southern shore.The city is nicknamed the “Flagship City” because it houses Oliver Hazard Perry’s flagship Niagra. Known also as the “Gem City” because of the beautiful sparkling lake. Erie’s manufacturing sector continues to fuel the local economy, though healthcare, higher education, and tourism are beginning to show a greater economic rise.
Erie is a hot spot for tourism with millions of people visiting the city to enjoy its water recreation at Presque Isle State Park and gambling at the casino and horse track. Outdoor activities and gambling have one thing in common, recreational drinking. Alcohol consumption is very common when having barbecues and relaxing in the sun at the lake, as well as the drinks that are fed to you freely at casinos. The more you drink the more fun you will have, WRONG! Many are setting themselves up for an alcohol addiction by abusing this highly addictive substance.
Alcohol abuse is a disease that is characterized by a pattern of drinking alcohol with negative consequences. There are negative effects on work, medical, legal, educational, and social effects in the person who is abusing alcohols life and continuing to use it despite these consequences. There are negative psychological effects of alcohol dependence, including depression and antisocial behaviors. Alcohol abuse typically starts with going out and binge drinking, having more than 5 drinks in one night. Those who abuse alcohol on a regular basis are putting themselves at risk of becoming an alcoholic.
Alcoholism is also known as alcohol dependence or alcohol addiction. It is a destructive pattern of alcohol use, resulting in a tolerance to alcohol and symptoms of withdrawal when stopped abruptly. Alcoholics find themselves using more alcohol for longer than planned and trouble reducing its use. Those suffering from alcoholism will spend an large amount of time getting, using, or recovering from the use of alcohol. Alcoholics will continuing to use alcohol despite knowledge of the detrimental effects it is having on one’s life. Alcoholism is a disease not a weakness or chosen pattern of bad behavior. It affects more than 14 million people in the United States and the 3rd most common mental illness.
The health risks
Alcohol abuse, such as binge drinking has a large risk of alcohol poisoning. When drinking it impairs your judgment, many will drink and drive risking death or arrest or have unprotected sex risking the possibility of STD’s. Chronic, long term use of alcohol can be life threatening, possibly affecting ever organ system in the human body. The affects can be as minor as poor coordination and poor nutrition. The heart is greatly affected, cardiovascular effects such as hypertension and irregular heartbeat. Alcohol has also be found to affecting fertility, create impotence and irregular menstruation. Many suffer from gastrointestinal problems such as cirrhosis of the liver and pancreatitis. The brain is greatly affected by alcohol abuse, affects such as strokes, confusion and amnesia. Not to mention alcoholics have a high suicide rate, nearly 15% of alcoholics have committed suicide.