Peter Holland

Drinking alcohol has been a large part of society for many years. People find that is it easier to meet people when they have had a few drinks. Drinking has also been used as way to get closer to some one. “We’ll talk over a six pack,” is something that people will say when they need to talk about something. There are also many events that drinking has created. There are cozy bars “where everyone knows your name,” wine tasting parties, cocktail parties, and the high school favorite, house party. People have also used many different types of glasses to drink out of. There are too many different types of wine glasses to count, different types of cocktail glasses, and different beer mugs. All of them having a different purpose and make the drinking experience better.
Some people don’t drink in today’s society. There are health risks that come from excess drinking. Liver problems are the most common problems associated with drinking. Heart problems are also one of the top problems associated with drinking. Beer has a lot of calories, and if the calories are not worked off it goes to fat. Drinking is against some religions, causing people not to be able to drink. There is a lot of bad stuff that comes with drinking alcohol, but having a glass of wine every day is proven to be good for you (____). Drinking too much is bad for you. Alcoholism is a problem that many people have to deal with.
Alcoholism has effected people for a long time, but more recently been addressed as a physical problem as well as a mental.
Alcoholism is chronic illness characterized by the regular consumption of alcohol to a degree that interferes with physical or mental health, or with normal social or occupational behavior. A widespread health problem, it produces both physical and psychological addiction. Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant that reduces anxiety, inhibition, and feelings of guilt; lowers alertness; impairs perception, judgment, and muscular coordination; and, in high doses, can cause unconsciousness and even death. Long-term alcoholism damages the brain, liver, heart, and other organs. Symptoms of alcohol withdrawal can range from a simple hangover to severe delirium tremens (a condition characterized by deliriousness, violent trembling, hallucinations, and seizures). Treatment includes use of disulfiram (Antabuse), a drug that produces discomfort if alcohol is consumed; anti-anxiety drugs to suppress withdrawal symptoms; psychological counseling; and support from groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous.(wed address)

College drinking offers many different places for students to drink. Dorm rooms give a good place for a few people to get together and have some drinks. It does kind of give an anti-social environment, people who like to be with each other but not people who they do not know or like. Yet some students do drink in their rooms before they go out to a party. They call this pre-partying or pre-gaming. They do this to have a “buzz” when they go out to so they can feel more comfortable around people. It is also helpful if they go to a bar, so they don’t spend as much money on alcohol to get buzzed or drunk. Some students need to pre-game or else they spent too much money at a bar, most college students don’t have much money.
Students also drink at fraternity parties and other organized parties. College students usually like these because of the many people and generally free or have a really cheap cover charge. These are very social parties; there are usually drinking games or some sort of reason to drink mass amounts of alcohol. People usually go in groups so they know at least a few people at the party. As the night goes on, though, students meet more people have conversations with people they have never met before and some times go home with some one of the opposite sex. These parties are very popular; students have build up hopes of what they want to do that night.
Bars are also a place where college students can be found. Bars are a place where students can have a wide range of beers and mixed drinks. It is also a more sociable atmosphere, and makes them feel older. A bar atmosphere is much more personalized setting. You