I am a retired scientist and have had to study chemistry although not specializing in that field. To a chemist, alcohol can be just described with a general chemical formula C n H 2n+1 OH. A chemist will also divide alcohol into classes, primary alcohol, secondary alcohol and tertiary alcohol. Alcohol can have many beneficial uses. In medical practices as an alcohol rub, in industries as solvent and fuel and even raw materials to manufacture other substances.
Alcohol as a beverage, health and social problems
It is also used as a beverage, but here, we are only concerned with one type of alcohol - ethanol or grain alcohol and often just referred to as alcohol. One you never drink is methanol or wood alcohol. Drinking methanol can cause you to go blind. Ethanol is an intoxicating beverage. One can get drunk on alcohol. A person's behavior becomes unpredictable when drunk. Just recently, BBC news have a report of teenage drinking.
A Brendan Harris, just 15 years of age, was convicted of murdering 20-year-old Sophie Lancaster in a Lancashire park after drinking two litres of cider, peach schnapps and lager.
Worst is alcohol addiction or alcoholism. A person is said to be an alcohol addict when he or she continues to drink despite health and negative social and family problems.
Drug rehabilitation and alcohol rehabilitation
When a person become addicted to drugs, to get rid of the harmful addiction, he or she will have to go through drug rehab. It is similar with alcohol addiction. If an alcohol addict wants to rid of his problem, he or she too will need to undergo alcohol rehab. On the other hand alcohol detox or alcohol detoxification treats the physical effects of prolonged use of alcohol, but does not address the problem of alcohol addiction or alcoholism. I think it is best the two goes together hand-in-hand to treat people having problems with excessive alcohol drinking.
If all your friends drink and you don't want to, it can be hard to say "no, thanks." No one wants to risk feeling rejected or left out. Different strategies for turning down alcohol work for different people. Some people find it helps to say no without giving an explanation, others think offering their reasons works better ("I'm not into drinking," "I have a game tomorrow," or "my uncle died from drinking," for example).
Alcoholism is a chronic disease that makes your body dependent on alcohol. You may be obsessed with alcohol and unable to control how much you drink, even though your drinking is causing serious problems with your relationships, health, work and finances