Drug and substance abuse has been on the increase and this has raised concern among most peers particularly in developing countries, where interventions towards addressing this vice have yielded little results.
The issue of alcohol abuse in Kenya is deeply rooted and has continued to affect not only the health but also the social and economic well being of the youthful population. The adverse health effects of alcohol involve many body organs and tissues.
Alcohol affects mental health, the liver, muscles, reproductive system and the gastrointestinal tract. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome affects children borne of alcoholic mothers. Other health problems incidental to intoxication include positional asphyxia and injuries.
The social and economic effects of alcohol abuse on the other hand include family breakdown, loss of income among other related effects.
Such effects can be devastating for the affected families and neighborhoods. This paper reviews various effects and further stresses the importance of treating alcoholism through initiating rehabilitation programs which should be individualized according to the specific situation of the affected person s.
While this paper provides a systematic review of literature on alcohol and its effects, there is a need to conduct empirical studies on the strategies that can be adopted to address the perennial problem of alcohol abuse in Kenya, especially among the youth.
Alcohol abuse, Substance abuse, Alcohol abuse effects, Alcohol health effects, Alcohol social-economic effects, alcohol abuse treatment, alcoholism in Kenya. Introduction Alcohol abuse harmful use of alcohol is described as use of alcoholic beverages that has detrimental health and social consequences to the user and the society WHO, Alcohol intoxication has been described as the condition of being insensible or stupefied through the action of alcohol in the affected person.
Intoxication may be acute or chronic. The extent of intoxication is determined by the blood alcohol concentration BAC. Physical symptoms of intoxication become evident at BAC levels of about 0. BAC levels of 0.
However, clinical diagnosis of intoxication can be made at any point in the progression from 0.
The health effects of alcohol intoxication are many and varied, involving many body organs and tissues including the central nervous system, heart, respiratory system, reproductive system, liver and the gastro-intestinal tract. Kenya as one of the developing nations experience a worrying trend of alcohol related problems.
The workplace problems due to alcohol abuse have raised concerns in most organizations in the country. According to a study by Pamela, Kaithuru and Asatsaon Alcoholism and its Impact on Work Force in Kenya, alcohol has become a major threat and a challenge to a progressive economic development.
Most employees who abuse alcohol show irregularity in work attendance, low productivity, hangovers, stress, financial problems, and health and safety risks. Chronic intoxication may also lead to tolerance and dependence, while abrupt cessation causes withdrawal symptoms which may be severe.
Health and Social-economic Effects of Alcohol Abuse 2. The damaging effect of alcohol on the brain manifests as slurred speech, staggering, blurred vision and impaired memory among other symptoms. Intake of large amounts of alcohol within a short period of time may cause the subject to experience black out.the catholic university of eastern africa faculty of education effects of drugs on the academic performance of undergraduate students: a case study of the catholic university of eastern africa, nairobi.
The Catholic University of Eastern Africa P.O Box – , Nairobi – Kenya Author E-mail: [email protected] Abstract: Drug and substance abuse has been on the increase and this has raised concern among most peers particularly in developing countries, where interventions towards addressing this vice have yielded little results.
The study on Nairobi County secondary schools and presented by a University of Nairobi student Selpher Cheloti showed that availability of the drugs was the main cause of alcohol and drug abuse at. The Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) on Saturday 20th participated in a 5 km walk that aimed at sensitizing people on the effects of Alcohol and Drug Abuse (ADA).
THE CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF EASTERN AFRICA Nairobi MAIN EXAMINATION between the gender of students and drug abuse in a private university obtained the following data: Id Gender Alcohol consumption per month.
The Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Kenya. Alcohol and drug abuse is a phenomenon Alcoholism and its Impact on Work Force: A Case of Kenya Meteorological Station, Nairobi. J Alcohol Drug Depend 3: doi: / Page 3 of 4.
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