SCIENTIFIC APPROACH TO THE PROBLEM OF ALCOHOLISM IN NORTHERN CAPE
"International research has shown that there strategies in reducing societal abuse of alcohol."
Scientists are investigating the use of complex motor training scientists also are looking at the possibility of developing medications that can help alleviate or prevent brain damage, such as those associated with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.
Furthermore about 122 out of every 1000 grade 1 pupil Northern Cape have Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, the highest incidence of the syndrome in one population anywhere in the world, in 2018 South African National Council on Alcoholism (SANCA) reported an increase in 19-120 years old alcoholics and 18 to 22 years are the group of heaviest alcohol abuse.
Alcoholism is the most serious form of problem drinking and describes a strong, often uncontrollable desire to drink.
Alcohol can damage nearly every organ and system in the body, alcohol increase the risk of cancer.
Science shows that all addictions, no matter what the cause, affect the brain in a similar way.
Many people struggle with controlling their drinking at some time in their lives.
Approximately 17 million adults age 18 and older have problems with alcoholism and 1 in 10 children live in the home with a parent who has a drinking problem.
International research has shown that there are a number of strategies that can be effective in reducing societal abuse of alcohol.
One obvious approach is to restrict the availability of alcohol in Northern.
This can be done by legislating who may sell when they are allowed to sell and preventing the sale of alcohol to minors.
Studies using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) are helping scientists to determine how memory and attention improve with long-term abstinence from alcohol, as well as what changes take place when a person begins drinking again.
The goal of these studies is to determine which alcohol-induced effects on the brain are permanent and which ones can be reversed with abstinence.