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The Dangers of Alcohol

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Alcoholic beverages can be thought of as drinks, but they can also be defined as drugs. In fact, alcohol is by far the most abused drug in the USA and Canada. One important study proposes that alcohol accounts for 85 percent of America’s total drug addiction problem.

In addition, there is evidence that approximately 13.5 percent of the total population will meet the diagnostic criteria for alcohol addiction or dependence at some point in their lives. The consequences of these statistic are extremely serious for both the individual and for society.

Certain forms of cancer, for example, are specifically associated with heavy drinking, and as much as 75 percent of all deaths from cancer of the esophagus are related to alcohol use. Cancer of the liver is also a frequent complication of the general destruction of that organ brought about by excessive alcohol intake. Damage to the pancreas, stomach, and small intestine can also result from prolonged heavy drinking, as can deterioration of mental functioning.

The dangers of alcohol are not limited to its biochemical effects, Although significant progress has been made in recent years, the high correlation between drinking and automobile accidents is well known, approximately half of all motor vehicle deaths are still alcohol related.

Sixty percent of all boating fatalities involve alcohol. In addition, approximately 30.000 people are killed each year as a result of non motor vehicle related accidents of various types. It is important to note that these accidents figures do not refer just to victims who were heavily intoxicated. Virtually any use of alcohol dramatically raises the chances of accidental injury.

The problems caused by alcohol abuse are extremely significant at a less dire level as well. Drinking is a frequent cause of insomnia, for example. Obesity can also be associated with alcohol, as can a form of anorexia prevalent among heavy  drinkers, some of whom eat almost nothing and derive their entire daily caloric intake from alcohol.

Hangover can also be quite unpleasant, and despite biological mechanism of a hangover is still not well understood. Again, this is only a brief glimse into the inferno of punishments that await the heavy user of alcohol.

Have a look at “Benefits of Alcohol” as well.

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