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In the United States, alcohol is the first most abused substance, even passing nicotine and tobacco addiction. Alcohol abuse can be defined in that if an individual drinks more than 8.7 ounces of alcohol daily, then the consumption is toxic and therefore causes addiction and abuse to the substance.

Though alcohol doesn’t impact the mental health of an individual in the long term, alcohol does impact the short-term mental health of an individual. Those who consume more than 8.7 ounces of alcohol daily will experience temporary loss of memory, troubles at home and work, and a decreased mental state, but these effects are only temporary. However, those who abuse alcohol are more likely to die of stomach, liver, throat, brain, and nervous system illnesses, as well as hair, eyelash, and lip sickness.

The reason people abuse alcohol can be defined by those who have been around individuals who have had alcohol addiction. Furthermore, those who have mental illnesses such as depression or anxiety, are at a high risk of abusing alcohol, but studies done in 2016 show that if an addiction does not run in a family, and the individual is mentally healthy, only 1 of individuals will develop addictions. This indicates that roughly 98-99 of alcohol addicts will be mentally ill or have families with histories of addiction.

Alcohol is the leading substance for abuse and addiction in the Unites States, surpassing all narcotics. The effects of alcohol are only temporary, but can lead to home-life and work-life troubles, as well as temporary memory loss and decreased mental health. Those with mental health issues, and those who have a history of familial addiction are at a 98-99 higher chance of abusing alcohol, as a 2016 study showed that as little as 1 of alcohol addicts had a healthy mental state, or come from families with no prior history of substance addiction.

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