Alcohol is any beverage that causes intoxication.
Alcoholism is the prolonged and excessive intake of alcoholic drinks leading to a breakdown in health. It is an addiction to alcohol such that abrupt deprivation leads to severe withdrawal symptoms. Alcoholism is as common in Palm Desert, CA as it is everywhere else. It is a major social problem among men as it is among women and youths. But the problems associated with alcohol intake go beyond intoxication; it impacts negatively on the individual health.
Alcohol slows the reflexes of the individual and distorts his ability to coordinate himself properly. It causes memory lapses, slurred speech, nausea, vomitting, impaired judgment and liver disease in the user. It could make an unborn child to become defected when consumed by a pregnant mother. Mixing alcohol with other drugs could lead to convulsions and even death.