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By Eric Newhouse

Winner of the 2002 self sustaining Publishers publication Award.

Alcohol: Cradle to Grave contains the newspaper sequence that introduced Montana journalist Eric Newhouse to the eye of Pulitzer Prize jurors. an intensive and revealing account of the way alcohol classes during the lifestyle and traditions of serious Falls, Montana, Alcohol: Cradle to Grave chronicles the typical impression of America's most well liked drug of selection. Newhouse methodically tallies the societal bills of alcohol abuse in a single neighborhood. His calculations are dazzling, together with thousands of bucks each year for legislations enforcement, health and wellbeing care, foster care, household violence courses, welfare, particular schooling, and corrections.

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Alcohol turned Broderson’s life into a nightmare. But he’s not alone. More than 120,000 Montanans range from problem drinkers to fullblown alcoholics, according to the state health department. Some have managed to quit drinking, but about 75,000 of them remain in need of treatment, it said. That seems like a suprising number of people with drinking problems, but some of them are closet drunks who seem to function normally—as did Anne, who led a double life in Great Falls for years. Her story comes later.

Serotonin is produced as a response to a food or an activity, telling the brain to stop eating potato chips, for example. But alcohol doesn’t seem to trigger the serotonin buildup in some people. One alcoholic remembers spending Christmas Eve unable to leave a bar, even though he wanted to be home with his family on that special night. “After that first drink, I just couldn’t force myself to leave,” he said. For that reason, most treatment of alcoholism requires abstinence. Doctors have discovered that alcoholics have different brain waves than others, with a markedly smaller and slower P-300 wave, which seems to be related to impulsivity.

And what would become of him? I told Broderson I would like to check back with him every month that year. ” A Three-Dollar Bill Between 5 and 10 percent of all Americans are either alcoholics like Broderson or are dependent on alcohol. Between 60 and 70 percent of them work full time, go to school, raise families. Why do they drink? There is no single cause of alcoholism, but scientists are getting closer February 27 to an answer. “Drunks beget drunkards,” said Plutarch, the Greek historian, nearly 2,000 years ago.

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