In conclusion, alcoholism causes this country billions of dollars annually in medical care, accident coverage, treatment programs, and court and incarceration. It is a disease caused by environmental, psychosocial, and predispotion. It bankrupts the abuser physically, mentally, and spiritually. Alcohol abuse can ruin life for those around the alcoholic, the alcoholic himself, and most unfortunate, the unborn child of a drinking mother. An alcoholic will not recover until he hits a bottom. No one can do it for him but a supportive family helps in the process of recovery once he makes up his mind to stop drinking.
Teenagers are prone to drinking due to social pressure, experimentation, and the need for acceptance. Alcohol abuse is preventable. FAS can be eliminated entirely by just not drinking alcohol one day at a time!
The community, home, and school has a responsibility to our children to tell them about the disease for alcoholism with facts, support, and guidance. Preventive education is essential if we are ever going to win the war against alcohol abuse!