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Alcoholism & Its Effects - Chapter Summary
Simplify the learning process with these lessons on alcoholism and its effects. Alcohol abuse, overdose, and withdrawal are some of the many topics covered in this chapter. These self-paced lessons enable you to study the symptoms of alcohol poisoning and alcohol dependence. There's also information about trends in the consumption of alcohol in the United States and how alcoholism affects the family. After reviewing the lessons, you should be ready to:
- Recall the history of alcohol prohibition
- Detail alcohol production methods
- Explain how alcohol affects the blood
- Recount physiological and long-term effects of alcohol
- Describe strategies for responsibly drinking alcohol
- Outline environmental influences of alcoholism
- Provide information about alcoholism in the workplace
- Discuss prevention and support programs for alcoholism
Make sure you are up to speed on alcoholism and its effects by reviewing these interesting video lessons. You have the option of studying all of the lessons in the chapter or just a select few based on your needs. Each lesson is accompanied by a brief quiz that allows you to test your knowledge of the topics covered. To optimize use of this resource, you can print the quiz and use it to study when you're offline.
1. History of Alcohol Regulation: Prohibition & Taxation
Alcohol has a history of use and regulation that began in ancient times and continues to modern laws on use and taxation. This lesson will review your knowledge of the legal history of alcohol.
2. How is Alcohol Made? - Types & Production Methods
Alcoholic beverages are produced in different ways. This has an impact on the alcohol content of the beverage. This lesson will explore ethanol and discuss how different alcoholic beverages are produced.
3. The Pharmacology of Alcohol & the Effects on Blood
A person's blood alcohol level is influenced by the way the ethanol in an alcoholic beverage is processed by the body. This process is why blood alcohol levels can increase faster than they can decrease.
4. Alcohol Consumption Patterns: Abuse, Tolerance, Withdrawal & Overdose
Moderate drinking, alcohol abuse, alcohol dependence, and binge drinking are all patterns of alcohol consumption. Learn about the differences in drinking patterns and what to look for.
5. Alcohol Poisoning: Symptoms & What to Do
What do you know about alcohol poisoning? When should you seek help for a friend? Learn how to recognize and react to the symptoms of an alcohol overdose.
6. Alcohol Use in the United States: Trends in Consumption
You more than likely have had alcohol once in your life. At least that's what statistics point to. In fact, this lesson will be chock full of statistics about alcohol use and abuse in the United States.
7. The Effects of Alcohol: Physiological, Behavioral & Long-Term
If you've ever wondered why men seem to tolerate alcohol better than women or what alcohol does to the body and mind, then tune into this lesson for more information.
8. Alcohol Dependence: Signs & Symptoms
Alcohol dependence can occur gradually making it more difficult to notice when the line is crossed between acceptable use and a drinking problem. This lesson will explore what alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence are, along with warning signs and physical symptoms.
9. Health Benefits of Alcohol Consumption
There are some possible health benefits associated with the consumption of alcohol. However, you have to weigh possible negative consequences along with these health benefits.
10. Strategies for Drinking Alcohol Responsibly
What does it mean to drink responsibly? This lesson explores the concept and offers strategies for using alcohol in a responsible manner. You'll also learn when to say when and when to say no.
11. Alcoholism: Causes, Symptoms, Effects & Treatment
Alcohol can be a really terrible thing when it is abused. The problems it causes do not just damage the user but their friends, family, and society as a whole. You'll learn about why alcoholism occurs and how it can be addressed.
12. How Alcoholism Affects the Family
Alcoholism can affect the family as a whole as well as each family member individually and it creates many complex issues to deal with. However, with proper treatment and support, lives can be improved.
13. Alcoholism: Genetic & Environmental Influences
Alcoholism can be influenced by genetic predisposition and a person's environment. These factors work together to determine each individual's risk and their effects are difficult to separate.
14. Alcoholism in the Workplace
Alcohol has a significant impact on performance, safety, and morale in the workplace. Alcohol consumption can have an impact even if a worker does not have a drinking problem. These impacts increase dramatically when alcohol abuse or alcoholism is present.
15. Prevention and Treatment Programs for Alcoholism
Dealing with the effects of alcohol abuse and alcoholism in society includes prevention of the problem, treatment when it does occur, and support for recovering alcoholics. Learn more about how this takes place as you explore this lesson.
16. Support Programs & Groups for Alcoholism
Alcoholism is a chronic condition, meaning that after treatment, the alcoholic will need ongoing support to prevent re-lapse. This lesson will discuss support programs that are available to help alcoholics after treatment.
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