the Alcohol is, from a viewpoint chemical,
that organic compound containing the hydroxyl group attached to
an aliphatic radical some or derivative thereof. In this sense,
since it is a compound, there are different types of alcohols.
In everyday language, the chemical compound ethanol, also
called ethyl alcohol, is known as alcohol. It is a colorless
and flammable liquid, the boiling point of which is 78ºC.
The chemical formula of ethyl alcohol is CH3-CH2-OH. This
compound is used to prepare alcoholic beverages, which, in
many occasions, are also known simply as alcohol (for example, "We have to
buy alcohol for the party tonight", "Miguel drank too much alcohol, he
no longer knows what it says ”).
Alcoholic beverages can be produced by fermentation (like wine and beer)
or by distillation (like liquor). The
percentage of ethyl alcohol present in each drink can vary: the beer has
approximately 5% alcohol; wine is close to 15% and liqueurs can contain 50%
It should be noted that ethyl alcohol is a psychoactive drug for
humans. Its consumption produces, in principle, a feeling of joy. At the same
time, the individual may suffer from coordination problems and have blurred
vision. With excessive consumption, it is possible to reach a state of
unconsciousness and, on an extreme level, reach death from poisoning.
These negative consequences of alcohol on the body cause most countries
to prohibit the consumption of alcoholic beverages by minors under a
certain age (generally 18 years old).
Children of alcoholic parents
Alcoholism is a disease that not only affects the subject who suffers
from it but also those who are part of their affective circle,
especially their spouse and children, if they have them. We will dwell on the
relationship that exists between parents and children and on the consequences
that alcoholism can have on it.
As expressed by Margaret Cork, who has studied the subject carefully, in
childhood the individual acquires the sense of security and self-esteem and,
according to how he builds both, he will develop a more or less direct capacity
to face the complex problems that touch him; It is from his relationship with
his parents or guardians that he builds confidence in himself and in
those around him.
If children grow up in an environment where alcohol is present, the nest in
which they are educated will be completely disintegrated in which anxiety,
pain and remorse reign; In this way, children will acquire unstable
adult behaviors, they will endow themselves with responsibilities that do not
correspond to them and they will develop qualities that are typical of
alcoholics, lies and manipulation, especially.
When they reach adulthood, children of alcoholic parents, if they have not
worked on the focus of the problem with the help of a therapist, often have
harmful attitudes against themselves. Since they have had a childhood steeped
in critical attitudes and guilt, their adulthood does not
usually escape them and they show a clear low self-esteem that leads them to
decide on two opposite paths: to do the same as their parents, that their models
(become alcoholics) or indulge in a life of denial,
trying to become successful people and hiding their self-esteem issues.
There is, however, a parallel path and, surely much more recommended, it consists
of reviewing, studying the existence of his parents, internalizing his
childhood feelings and with all that doing something different, building
self-love in a way Heals and recognizes that criticism can often be productive,
depending on who comes and how they are said and that, from them, a
healthy self-criticism and a judgment of the environment can be elaborated,
outside the prejudices and shocking experiences of childhood marked by