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2008-03-29

Alcohol, addiction, rehabilitation, detoxification


Alcohol and chemistry

I am a retired scientist and have had to study chemistry although not specializing in that field. To a chemist, alcohol can be just described with a general chemical formula CnH2n+1OH. A chemist will also divide alcohol into classes, primary alcohol, secondary alcohol and tertiary alcohol. Alcohol can have many beneficial uses. In medical practices as an alcohol rub, in industries as solvent and fuel and even raw materials to manufacture other substances.

Alcohol as a beverage, health and social problems

It is also used as a beverage, but here, we are only concerned with one type of alcohol - ethanol or grain alcohol and often just referred to as alcohol. One you never drink is methanol or wood alcohol. Drinking methanol can cause you to go blind. Ethanol is an intoxicating beverage. One can get drunk on alcohol. A person's behavior becomes unpredictable when drunk. Just recently, BBC news have a report of teenage drinking.

Source:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/7317745.stm
A Brendan Harris, just 15 years of age, was convicted of murdering 20-year-old Sophie Lancaster in a Lancashire park after drinking two litres of cider, peach schnapps and lager.

Alcohol addiction

Worst is alcohol addiction or alcoholism. A person is said to be an alcohol addict when he or she continues to drink despite health and negative social and family problems.

Drug rehabilitation and alcohol rehabilitation

When a person become addicted to drugs, to get rid of the harmful addiction, he or she will have to go through drug rehab. It is similar with alcohol addiction. If an alcohol addict wants to rid of his problem, he or she too will need to undergo alcohol rehab. On the other hand alcohol detox or alcohol detoxification treats the physical effects of prolonged use of alcohol, but does not address the problem of alcohol addiction or alcoholism. I think it is best the two goes together hand-in-hand to treat people having problems with excessive alcohol drinking.

2 comments:

Creepy said...

Alcohol has so many benefits, but it
does have a negative influence (alcohol addiction)on people. With words we can say so much and we can easy say that the persons needs to go to a rehab ...It's all easy to say, but to do it, is hard.

california drug rehab said...

Alcohol is a very menacing substance which makes a good person turn bad. It greatly affects the mental and emotional state of person, which makes him do negative things to others. That is why it is highly encouraged to stay away from it, in order to avoid alcohol-related crimes.

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