Is alcohol any different?


Question: One way in which we see these two systems interact is with regard to alcohol consumption. One way the body remains hydrated is by reabsorbing water at the nephron of the kidneys. This process is stimulated by a hormone called antidiuretic hormone (ADH), which is secreted by the pituitary gland. ADH is produced when more water is needed to keep the body healthy. Alcohol consumption decreases the amount of ADH produced, thus increasing the urine output and sometimes resulting in dehydration.

Alcohol abuse is another example of drug addiction with similar dopamine physiology of other addictive drugs. Explain if alcohol is fundamentally different from other forms of drugs and if it should be regulated similarly. Be sure to justify your opinion!

Answer: Alcohol abuse is another example of drug addiction with similar dopamine physiology of other addictive drugs. For this week’s discussion thread, explain if alcohol is fundamentally different from other forms of drugs and if it should be regulated similarly. Be sure to justify your opinion!

Alcohol is no different than drugs, as a matter of fact, it is a drug. The problem is that our society has normalized alcohol drinking as a social pastime and stress reliever that we forget that it is a dangerous, addicting mind-altering drug. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, alcohol causes 88,000 deaths each year. That translates into 62,000 men and 26,000 women. Alcohol abuse also shortens the lifespan of those 88,000 by 30 years. Which makes alcohol the third leading preventable cause of death in the U.S. All other drugs only account for a combined 30,000 deaths annually. So, which is the greater drug? Is it because drugs are illegal that the death rate is lower than alcohol? Would the death rate from alcohol be lower if it was also illegal? More people seek treatment for alcohol abuse than they do for drug abuse.

So, the question is, should alcohol be regulated like drugs are regulated and my answer is yes. I am no angel and have drunk my share of alcohol and have family members that have been addicted to it and have paid the price with their lives. We cannot control what another person decides to do with their bodies or what they decide to put into it. However, as a society, we can make sure that the truth is available to everyone.

Before there were commercials that promoted smoking and those advertisements are now a thing of the past. There are more anti-smoking campaigns in circulation than they are for pro-smoking. The same thing should be done for drinking. It should not be downplayed as safe and different from other drugs. When in fact, alcohol is a drug in itself. The truth needs to be delivered to the masses.

But, at the end of the day, we are each responsible for our own lives and how we decide to live it. If alcohol or some other form of the drug is your vice then you must understand and accept that there are consequences to these actions. These consequences could hurt more than you, they can and will hurt or destroy those that love you.

Just my thoughts on the situation.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/all-about-addiction/201601/which-is-more-dangerous-alcohol-or-drugs

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