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The Filipinos are the second highest consumers of alcohol in South East Asia (the Indonesians are first), and the number one wine drinkers. It is estimated that 5 million Filipinos drink on a fairly regularly basis – it is believed that 39.9% of the population drink on an irregular basis. Due to this, we thought of having a petition for preventing alcohol abuse among our Filipino adolescent. 

Background 

It is believed that there are a lot of factors that affects and individual's alcohol intoxication. One of which are the genetic factors. Genes may play a role in causing a person to become an alcoholic. Genes are passed down from parent to child. Much the same way other diseases have a genetic component, alcoholism also seems to follow this pattern. Another factor that contributes to alcoholism are the social factors. The best example for this is when a teenager is being pressured by his/her friends to try drinking alcohol, the teenager will not have the choice to say no. Last but not the least are the psychological factors. This factor involves high stress and/or anxiety levels, emotional pain, low self-esteem and depression. Drinking under these circumstances is often called "self-medicating," because the person is abusing alcohol to "treat" one or more emotional and/or psychological problems. 

Effects of Alcoholism on the Body

Drinking too much can take a serious toll on your health. Below this are the following effects on how alcoholism affects are body. 

  1. Brain: alcohol interferes with the brain’s communication pathways, and can affect the way the brain looks and works. It can also cause one person to be moody and hot-tempered. 
  2. Heart: Drinking a lot over a long time or too much can cause cardiomyopathy, arrhythmia, stroke, and high blood pressure.
  3. Liver: Heavy drinking takes a toll on the liver. It can cause steatosis, alcoholic hepatitis, fibrosis, and cirrhosis. 
  4.  Pancreas: Alcohol causes the pancreas to produce toxic substances that can eventually lead to pancreatitis, a dangerous inflammation and swelling of the blood vessels in the pancreas that prevents proper digestion. 
  5. Immune System: Drinking too much can weaken your immune system, making your body a much easier target for disease. Chronic drinkers are more liable to contract diseases like pneumonia and tuberculosis than people who do not drink too much.

Given all these harmful effects of alcohol in a person's body, we hope that you'll start thinking and reflecting about how much alcohol did you drank for the past weeks, months, or years. Think of how long will it take for you to stop drinking alcohol and start taking of your body, especially the liver. 



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