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New Report shows alcohol kills more than AIDS, TB or violence

Well this is groundbreaking! Not! According to the World Health Organization (WHO), alcohol causes nearly four percent of deaths worldwide, more than AIDS, tuberculosis or violence. Well of course it does, have you seen what alcohol does to one’s...
 Alcohol kills more than AIDS, TB or violence
 
 

Well this is groundbreaking! Not! According to the World Health Organization (WHO), alcohol causes nearly four percent of deaths worldwide, more than AIDS, tuberculosis or violence. Well of course it does, have you seen what alcohol does to one’s liver? It’s enough to stop you from drinking beer ever again. Plus I have to wonder if people secretly love how crappy they feel during a hangover, because it’s obviously not enough to prevent them from never getting drunk again.

Due to increasing incomes in heavily populated countries in Africa and Asia, including India and South Africa, binge drinking has become a problem in many developed countries as more money is being spent on alcoholic beverages.

Moreover, policies which control alcohol are weak and remain a low priority for most governments despite drinking's heavy toll on society causing road accidents, violence, disease, child neglect and job absenteeism.

Approximately 2.5 million people die each year from alcohol related causes, the WHO said in its "Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health."

"The harmful use of alcohol is especially fatal for younger age groups and alcohol is the world's leading risk factor for death among males aged 15-59," the report found.

"Worldwide, about 11 percent of drinkers have weekly heavy episodic drinking occasions, with men outnumbering women by four to one. Men consistently engage in hazardous drinking at much higher levels than women in all regions," the report said.

Health ministers from the WHO's 193 member states agreed last May to try to curb binge drinking and other growing forms of excessive alcohol use through higher taxes on alcoholic drinks and tighter marketing restrictions.

In the WHO's first report on alcohol since 2004, alcohol has been a causal factor in 60 types of diseases and injuries.

Its consumption has been linked to cirrhosis of the liver, epilepsy, poisonings, road traffic accidents, violence, and several types of cancer, including cancers of the colorectum, breast, larynx and liver.

As a moderate drinker, I’ve never understood what people get out of getting sloshed and not remembering what they did while intoxicated. Not to sound like an after school special, but nothing good ever comes out of not having control of your body. Inevitably comes the vomiting and the crying and the drama and what’s the worst, getting behind the wheel. People need to learn to control what they can handle. With all that said, you have to ask yourself, is the buzz worth it?

News Source: MSN



 



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