The Most Interesting Men in the World: Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism in South America
PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractAlcohol is most widely consumed drug in the world, and its history dates back to the era of Antiquity. Throughout the ages alcohol has served many functions in society, from ritual offerings, medicine, and as a manner of temporarily escaping the mundane life. Consumption patterns differ for every continent and country due to a variety of factors, including the development of cultural practices, interactions between various cultures, and socioeconomic conditions. The continent of South America is an extremely intriguing place of study due to the various civilizations that have colonized the land over the ages. Alcohol abuse and alcoholism are common problems in many South American countries, especially among the men. Along with the systemic physiological consequences, chronic alcohol use has also led to a variety of other societal problems such as increased violence and teenage pregnancy. The main obstacle towards treatment is the current cultural attitudes towards alcohol, a drink that still holds an important place in many religious ceremonies. However with an integrated approach that includes medical intervention, education, and comprehensive policies, the rates of alcoholism and the damage it causes can be reduced throughout South America.
Degree ProgramHonors College