Advertising is a huge industry in the United States, a crucial component of the country’s economy and a necessary cog in the wheel of supply, demand, and the buying and selling of products and services. Unfortunately, there can be harmful sides to advertising, like when young people are repeatedly exposed to highly suggestive alcohol advertisements.
We often hear news stories about drug overdoses, about the rise in drug-related fatalities across America, and how we should respond to them. But what about alcohol overdoses, alcohol poisoning? It’s important to understand that alcohol poisonings do occur, and that they are extremely dangerous. It’s essential to know what the signs and symptoms of alcohol overdoses are and what to do if a loved one or friend has binge drunk to the point of an alcohol overdose.
There is some data that suggests when people experiment with alcohol in their youth, this predisposes them to a long list of harmful effects later in life, addiction included. This provides yet another reason why parents should do everything they can to prevent their children from experimenting with alcohol.
Historically, alcohol misuse has affected men far more than women. Today, while alcohol abuse still affects more men than it does women, the gap is closing, and women are becoming increasingly afflicted with alcohol addiction.
Alcohol is unique in that, while it is most definitely a mind-altering substance, its use is also quite normalized in day-to-day life. Where do you draw the line? How do you know what qualifies as alcohol use and what qualifies as misuse?