Alcohol has been around for many centuries. Alcohol is used everyday around the world. Many people including underage kids abuse alcohol and they don’t even know it. Alcohol is bad for people to use and drink. Alcohol should be banned.
People have been using and drinking alcohol for many years. “No one knows when beverage alcohol was first made. However, it was presumably the result of an accident that occurred at least tens of thousands of years ago.“ (Hanson). “Beer was the major beverage among the Babylonians. In addition, as early as 2,700 B.C., they worshiped a wine goddess and other wine deities.” (Hanson).
Alcohol is made differently in other countries. “In India, an alcoholic beverage called sura, distilled from rice, was in use between 3000 and 2000 B.C.” (Drug Free World). “In Greece, one of the first alcoholic beverages to gain popularity was mead, a fermented drink made from honey and water.” (Drug Free World). Alcohol has changed since the beginning. “In the 16th century, alcohol (called “spirits) was used largely for medicinal purposes.” (Drug Free World). “In India, and I got beverage called sura, distilled from rice, was in use between 3000 and 2000 B.C.” (Drug Free World). “At the beginning of the eighteenth century, the British Parliament passed a law encouraging the use of grain for distilling spirits.” (Drug Free World).
Alcohol serves only to harm people. Alcohol can cause drinking and reckless driving. Driving drunk can put yourself and or others in danger. “The second story was a tragic death of eight people in Westchester County, New York, where Diane Schuler, a mother with alcohol and marijuana in her system, drove the wrong way for 2 miles before colliding with another vehicle, killing herself, her 2-year-old daughter, three young nieces and three men.” (Portland Press Herald). “Last week the U.S. Transportation Department released statistics show a nearly 30 percent rise over the last two decades in the number of arrests of women for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.” (Portland Press Herald).
Alcohol can cause major health problems. “ Prenatal alcohol exposure (resulting in fetal alcohol syndrome or fetal alcohol effects) is associated with behavioral and social problems, including delinquent behavior, sexual violence and suicide later in life….” (World Health Organization). “Excessive alcohol consumption is associated with significant negative health and social consequences, including increased risk of liver cancer, cirrhosis, and upper digestive cancers, injuries, violence, suicide, and motor vehicle accidents.” (Weinberg Group).
Alcohol serves to get people drunk.
People who are drunk can act differently. “ alcohol use directly affects cognitive and physical functioning.” (World Health Organization). Drunk people can get angry and temperamental and take it out on others. “Dependence on alcohol means that individuals may fail to for fill care responsibilities or export money from relative to purchase alcohol (for example, abusive elderly people).” (World Health Organization). “ individual societal beliefs that alcohol causes aggressive behavior can lead to the use of alcohol as a way of excusing violent acts (for example, intimate partner violence).” (World Health Organization). People who are drunk don’t know they have a problem. “ Addicts are notoriously successful at deceiving the people around them into believing that they don’t have a problem.” (Portland Press Herald).
Drinking alcohol can lead to violence. “Individual and societal beliefs that alcohol causes aggressive behaviour can lead to the use of alcohol as a way of excusing violent acts (for example, intimate partner violence).” (World Health Organization). Encountering and seeing brutality can end to using alcohol as a method of dealing (for example, as a punishment of being abused as a child) (World Health Organization). “Dependence on alcohol means that individuals may fail to fulfill care responsibilities or extort money from relatives to purchase alcohol (for example, abuse of elderly people).” (World Health Organization).
Banning alcohol would take away from our rights and freedom. “The Prohibition Bureau tried to make industrial alcohol undrinkable. It required the addition of foul tasting things such as soap. But the practice did not stop there. Many Americans died from intentional poisoning by the federal government.” (David J Hanson). Banning alcohol can cause fights and crime. “Prohibition led to a rise in crime. That included violent forms such as murder.” (David J Hanson).
“During the first year of Prohibition the number of crimes committed in 30 major cities in the U.S. increased 24%. Arrests for drunkenness and disorderly conduct increased 21%. And arrests for drunken driving jumped by 81%.” (David J Hanson). Banning alcohol can cause people do bad things that cause them to break the law when they never would have broken the law. “Prohibition led to often toxic moonshine. Many stills used lead coils or lead soldering. This gave off acetate of lead.
That’s a dangerous poison. Some bootleggers added iodine, creosote, or even embalming fluid.” (David J Hanson).” Prohibition led to a pervasive disrespect for law. New York City mayor Fiorello LaGuardia sent instructions on winemaking to his constituents. 22 Of 7,000 arrests in New York between 1921 and 1923, only 27 resulted in convictions. This was a conviction rate of only one for every 260 arrests.” (David J Hanson). ” This seemed to reflect jurors’ disrespect for law rather than the facts in the cases. Breaking the law, even flaunting it, also became exciting and popular. This was especially the case among young people.
Hence there was a great increase in drinking among them.” (David J Hanson). , “The second story was the tragic death of eight people in Westchester County, New York, where Dianne Schuler, a mother with alcohol and marijuana in her system, drove the wrong way for two miles before colliding with another vehicle, killing herself, her 2-year-old daughter, three young nieces and three men.” (Portland Press Herald).
Alcohol can help people. “Coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death in many westernised countries. The relationship between moderate alcohol consumption and coronary heart disease (CHD) was first documented scientifically in the 1970s by investigators at [managed care organization] Kaiser Permanente in California. Since that time, an abundance of observational epidemiology studies … and short-term human experimental studies have confirmed the cardioprotective effects of moderate alcohol consumption.
Evidence from more than one hundred epidemiologic studies involving hundreds of thousands of subjects has led many researchers to conclude that the association is causal in nature.” (Weinberg Group). Drinking alcohol in moderation isn’t bad. “When considering moderate drinking, the pattern of consumption is also important. There is evidence that the greatest benefits of moderate drinking occur when there is regular moderate consumption rather than sporadic episodes of heavy drinking.” (Weinberg Group). “Excessive alcohol consumption is associated with significant negative health and social consequences, including increased risk of liver cancer, cirrhosis, and upper digestive cancers, injuries, violence, suicide, and motor vehicle accidents.
However, numerous studies have demonstrated a range of benefits associated with moderate consumption of alcoholic beverages (1-2 drinks per day), including reduced risk of all-cause mortality; heart failure and myocardial infarction [heart attack]; ischemic stroke; diabetes and metabolic syndrome; and a number of benefits related to psychological well-being. The most widely accepted benefit is a significant reduction in the risk of coronary heart disease.” (Weinberg Group). “Moderate alcohol consumption is associated with a range of health and social benefits; however potential risks are associated with any level of alcohol consumption.
Decisions about consumption of alcohol are complex and require a case-by-case evaluation of an individual’s particular situation, perhaps in consultation with a physician. Individuals who are at risk of addiction or abuse, or who have certain medical, psychiatric, or pharmacologic contraindications, should abstain from alcoholic beverages. However, light to moderate alcohol consumption can be part of a healthy lifestyle for those who choose to consume.” (Weinberg Group).
Banning alcohol from being used and drunk has positive and negative effects. Alcohol is been the culprit in many car wrecks an accident. Using too much alcohol can cause a person harm. Due to the bad effects of alcohol, money has been used in places that can help people instead of harming them. If alcohol was ban people would feel their rights of freedom were taken away. There are many people who use alcohol responsibly. Alcohol could be banned to a certain degree so nobody gets hurt or something bad happens.