Individuals and their families can be affected by the disease called alcoholism. Alcoholism is a chronic, a progressive, potentially fatal disorder marked by excessive and usually compulsive drinking of alcohol leading to psychological and physical dependence or addiction. This disease can ruin the relationships between family and friends. It can heavily impact the person physically and emotionally if not treated correctly. Imagine this, a person has alcoholism and now is dependent on alcohol. The alcohol can make them not function right or become to aggressive towards people or themselves. They put their lives at risk and others as well, so they need to get treated and be cured from this disease. People that suffer from alcoholism can seek treatment and find out the treatment methods than can cure them. Alcohol is used for many reasons. People have used alcohol to cope with situations or emotions and to get the intoxicated feeling to enjoy themselves at parties. For the people that consume alcohol to cope with their situations or emotions are the ones that usually abuse it. They will develop a higher tolerance due to the high amount of alcohol consumed because they are in that state of mind. Having a higher tolerance means that more alcohol is required to receive the intoxication and this leads to heavy drinking in which will lead to an addiction of alcohol. For the ones that use alcohol to have “fun” at parties they tend to be involved in drinking games or consuming mixed drinks. These “strategies” are used to get intoxicated quicker and it might also lead to heavy drinking as well. All of this consistent consumption of alcohol and the dependance of it leads to a disease called “alcoholism.” Alcoholism is considered a disease because the one’s craving for alcohol. Alcoholism is distinguished from drinking that is heavy, problematic, ill advised, or socially acceptable. The disease has three stages of severity if not treated properly. In the early stage they will have a high tolerance towards the alcohol and the more they drink the better they feel and function more efficiently. The tolerance will continue to grow and they will enter the second stage. At this point the amount of alcohol now consumed will take a toll on their body and deteriorate the cells of their body’s organs. Soon the withdrawals will worsen and more alcohol is required to get rid of it. Many people try to stop abusing alcohol but the withdrawal symptoms can be severe in which include increased blood pressure, seizures, and anxiety. As more alcohol is consumed the organs are being destroyed and the tolerance lessens as a result. Now in the third stage the alcoholic will either die from the organ failure or die from accidents such as falling down the stairs, drowning, or suicide. As consuming alcohol becomes more popular in colleges or even high school more adolescents are becoming affected. The use of alcohol is common among adolescents. By the time they graduate high school, 90 percent of adolescents have tried alcoholic beverages, and may continue to drink regularly. Some adolescents that heavily drink either continue the same pattern as they grow up or stabilize overtime. Adolescents are more likely to use drugs accompanied with alcohol. The use of drugs are influenced by media, peer pressure, or sensation-seeking behavior. This puts them in more of a risk compared to adults and can develop health and/or psychological problems early on. To treat them successfully more research is required to establish what kind of treatment is necessary, at what intensity and duration, and if they can prevent relapse in patients. Other adolescents might be more vulnerable to the effects based on their genetics or environment. Studies have shown that children of alcoholics who are raised in non drinking homes continue to face an increased risk of alcoholism. Another factor is the environment around the person. The person can be peer pressured or influenced by media or other beliefs and this can lead to an alcohol addiction. Now the treatment for the disease is increasing and some families are unfortunately unable to afford it. The cost of treatment for alcoholism has been so expensive it has been affecting the productivity at work. Alcoholics generally are less productive, they have more absences, and create more problems as employees. There are two main problems with using termination as a solution. First, collective-bargaining agreements with labor unions might proscribe termination based on alcoholism. Second, many alcoholic workers are highly skilled, and their termination might represent a significant loss in terms of the training and performance of replacements. Recovery, even with occasional relapses, may be a less expensive alternative to new hiring and training. Now today many employers are worried about their business and are concerned about the overall health of their employees and their families. More research are being conducted to consider which alcoholics will benefit from treatment.