On a study regarding health related behavior e.g. smoking and alcohol drinking, it takes for consideration factors that may contribute to enhance or promote these kinds of lifestyles.
Factors discussed were the effects of the environment, its social practices, the sub-culture dominant in a region, the effectiveness of ways to stop and prevent these kinds of lifestyles. The environment includes the location of the place, climate and the economic status of the people.
While the preventions to gain these lifestyles may refer to the legal basis, for example the age limit of people legally allowed having an alcoholic drink and cigarettes, also the curfew for liquor stores to sell these products. It also includes health promotions and planning, such as identification of the level of seriousness and the risks it may have on the surroundings, the intervention development, implementation and dissemination. (Oenema, p. 1)
In choosing the health related behavior that I would like to change, I considered the stated factors, and with that I chose my habit of smoking and drinking liquor. Since I live away from my parents, and my all companions are my friends, we have been exposed to a lot of temptations in the community, plus given that I stay in a place where this vice has been the way of living of the people.
Almost all of those active in this lifestyle, are people of my age. In addition, the legalities of drinking in my place are not strictly implemented by the authorities. Another is that, there is no other recreation or past time available for us that people of my age will enjoy, and so we ventured into the standard of recreation already set in this place even before we got here.
Believe that smoking has a psychological effect in me, in the sense that I am addicted to it and I think that I cannot perform well in my activities is I do not smoke before, after or even during it.
Drinking alcohol has also been our description of celebration especially during the end of the school days. It has also been our way of meeting new people and spend our vacant time not being bored inside our rooms. Furthermore, the society, at least in my opinion, has accepted the mere fact that drinking alcohol and smoking are a part of the lives of the people staying in the area, and also they have learned to cope with the risks that goes with these kind of lifestyle.
Alcoholism is the term used for people who has been excessively drinking or being dependent to alcohol for a period of time which results to a negative performance in work, school, home, recreational activities and interpersonal relationships.
It is also characterized by increasing tolerance in alcohol as time goes by, like for example, setting a higher standard every drinking session, also drinking for a longer duration or the inability to stop, and the longer time it takes for the person to recover from drunkenness and spending more time to drink rather than his/her other obligations.
With some people who have a serious alcoholic problems, withdrawal happens, wherein after the withdrawal symptoms, the following may be experience: rapid pulse, nausea, sweating, insomnia, seizures, hallucinations, vomiting and anxiety. (Alcoholism, p. 1)
The causes of alcoholism are still on research, but some factors had already been considered, based from genetics to environmental.