Where is the boundary between health and disease, in terms of alcohol consumption ?

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The boundary occurs in the level of dependency that one creates and the purpose for the consumption of alcohol. Like the previous posters said, there are benefits to alcohol consumption as long as it is done in moderation. However, this is assuming that you consume the alcohol for the sake of consuming and enjoying it, not to self-medicate, or to alter your psychological state. If the latter is the case, then it is a dangerous type of consumption that might lead to addiction. Addiction to alcohol, or alcoholism, brings with it a terrible series of maladies that would take years of behavioral therapy and detox to fix..

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What a good question, especially from someone in 9th grade. First, I would say that there is a boundary. Second, I would say that this boundary will differ from person to person, since people are different in their biological makeup. Third, I would draw the line at addiction. If there is an addiction, there is a serious problem that needs to be addressed. The problem though is that people who are addicted rarely will admit it. Finally, the ancient Greek had a great adage: "Nothing in excess." If we follow this, then I think we are on solid grounds.

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This is an interesting question.  I think that the answer to this depends on whom you are asking.  In my mind, I think that there is a very tenuous boundary between health and disease because of the addictive elements within alcoholic consumption.  It seems to me that part of what makes alcohol so dangerous, outside of its impairment of judgment, thought, and reaction time, is that it can become such an easy, yet physically destructive habit over time.  This means that the line between health and disease can become blurred because the former can erode silently over time, while the latter takes strong hold.  I think this is why so many people recognize the dangers in alcohol far into their pattern of drinking.  It is also why older drinkers who have been engaged in the habit find it a difficult need to have to stop when health problems arise.

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