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Write an essay on the social and economic impact of alcoholic production and consumption in the form of a debate.

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Name: Anique Atherley Form: U 6 Science 2 Write an essay on the social and economic impact of alcoholic production and consumption in the form of a debate. This debate surrounding the social and economic impact of alcohol production and consumption involves two students, Adrian and Ashli. Adrian is arguing the positive social and economic effects of alcohol production and consumption while Ashli is focusing on the negative effects. ADRIAN: Contrary to popular opinion, alcohol consumption does have many positive social effects. Alcohol in the form of rum and beer and so on has its place in Caribbean culture. In Barbados for example, there is a rum shop culture where mainly the male population of the island go rum shops to lime and socialize after work. It is a form of male- bonding and relaxation. When one consumes moderate amounts of alcohol, (moderate amounts meaning 2-3 glasses of wine or beer for men and 1-2 glasses for women) one gets livelier, and more relaxed, talks more easily, and one feels less tired, and on a whole the body loosens up. There are claims that alcohol helps any to socialize. ...read more.


Conversely, in post- menopausal women, alcohol increases the conversion of testosterone into estradiol, a hormone that is often used to prevent bone loss after menopause. For this reason, alcohol ingestion may actually have a positive effect on bone density in women after menopause. So you see, once the alcohol is consumed sensibly and moderately, benefits of it are seen. ASHLI: Yes, research shows that moderate amounts of alcohol can give the health benefits mentioned above, but anything barely over the moderate amounts can give rise to many problems including: impaired vision, slurred speech, problems with balance, reduced motor skills among others. When consumed for extended periods of time, this leads to increased risks of many diseases. Excessive alcohol ingestion can give rise to the following diseases: fatty degeneration of the liver, infection of the liver, liver cirrhosis, sleeping disorders, sexual problems, cancers of the mouth, throat, larynx, intestines, breasts, also hypertension and heart diseases. As one can see above, many of the diseases are related to the liver, this is because it is this organ that eliminates the alcohol from the body after it has been consumed. This can be efficiently done once alcohol levels in the blood are not too high, however, if there is too much alcohol, the liver becomes over- worked and it actually begins to break down and go bad. ...read more.


In moderate amounts, it reduces the risk of heart diseases and bone loss in post- menopausal women. Alcohol production provides many jobs and injects money into the economy of a country. Alcohol therefore is not as bad as some make it out to be, once the consumption is done moderately and the production done carefully. ASHLI: In closing, alcohol consumption and production pose many risks and problems on both the social and economic scene. Too much alcohol causes an increased risk in many diseases of the liver, cancers, and sleeping and sexual disorders. Alcohol causes aggressive behaviour, which at some point leads to fights, marital problems, injury, and even death. Alcohol ingestion also causes fathers of families to be absent in the upbringing of their children and husbands away from their marriage with the whole rum shop culture being centred on the alcohol. Also, money, which could be going to the children to support them, is being used to buy the alcohol. Alcohol ingestion also leads to impaired judgement and many unwanted events occur, including sex, which leads to children, which then grow up in an unstable environment. Also alcohol takes out of the economy because money needs to be put into hospital bills, judicial bills, welfare system needs money also and the high number of deaths before retirement leads to loss in national productivity. ...read more.

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