Daziah P.

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Depending on whom you ask and their present mental state, the invention of alcohol is either a blessing or a curse. Unlike alcohol, some inventions helped to advance and simplify the world. Some of these inventions like the remote control and the snow blower have simplified our lives.

Alcohol is an invention the world would be better off without. Alcohol is a beverage which contains a substantial amount of ethanol, a depressant which in low doses causes reduced anxiety and in higher doses causes intoxication, lethargy, and unconsciousness. Intoxication can impair brain function and motor skills. Heavy use can increase risk of cancer, stroke, and liver diseases. Alcohol abuse, which can lead to alcoholism, is a pattern of drinking that may result in harm to one's health, interpersonal relationships, or ability to work productively and consistently.

In addition to alcohol causing harm to the body, alcohol is also the cause of many deaths. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, nearly 88,000 people (approximately 62,000 men and 26,000 women) die from alcohol-related causes annually, making it the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States. When people go out to a social gathering, there is a good chance they will consume alcohol. Although there is a law against driving while intoxicated, some underestimate the effects of alcohol and drive while impaired. This poor decision results in car accidents which cause severe injuries and deaths. If it were not for alcohol, many lives could be spared.

There are no benefits to using alcohol. In fact, alcohol use interferes with a plethora of things. It stops people from focusing on their education and arriving to work on time. Many people have difficulty performing when alcohol is in their system. A large number of teens and adults think you are not guaranteed to have a good time unless alcohol is involved, which is not true.

There have been many disastrous incidents related to alcohol use.  There are extremely high reports of traffic fatalities due to driving under the influence (DUI), domestic violence and birth defects that have been linked to alcohol abuse. Therefore, I strongly oppose to the invention of this self-deteriorating drug. Having traffic fatalities is an unfortunate situation, but having the accidents occur by intoxicated by a legal drug is preventable. No one should be a victim to such a horrific act, therefore I believe if alcohol was never invented it would significantly reduce health and safety risk and ultimately make the world safer. Fatalities, abuse and birth defects are major issues that affect society as a whole. We are all affected by alcohol to some degree.

Overall, I feel alcohol abuse is one of the world’s largest problems. Some people may argue that it serves as a stress reliever and provides a sense of relief and disassociation from reality. Although this may be true, I still feel that the negative impact outweigh the positive. It is not worth the risk.