No amount of alcohol consumption is good or healthy for you, so stop drinking.
Millions of people die each year due to alcohol use, and most of them are men!
About 1 in 3 people (33 percent) drink alcohol worldwide, and nearly twice as many men than women are drinkers (39 percent versus 25 percent).
Men drink an average of 1.7 drinks each day, while women consume about 0.73 drinks.
Unsurprisingly, studies show that the more you drink, the higher your risk of alcohol-related health problems and accidents, as well as for committing crime and developing alcohol dependence.
Research has even shown that alcohol is more dangerous than heroin or crack when considering its wide use and the overall dangers to not only the individual, but also to society.
The facts about alcohol can be scary.
What Is Alcohol?
Most of us know that alcohol is the ingredient found in beer, wine and spirits that makes people drunk, but there is a lot more to it than just that.
Alcohol is a more commercially-appealing name for ethanol. It is formed when yeast ferments the sugars in different carb-rich foods, such as grains like barley in the case of beer and grapes in the case of wine.
Alcohol is classed as a depressant, meaning it depresses the central nervous system, slowing down vital functions.
This explains why you have slurred speech, unsteady movement, disturbed perceptions, and slower reactions when you’ve had too much to drink.
Alcohol Deaths Per Year Worldwide
How many people die from alcohol each year? Al lot!
A 2018 study carried out by the World Health Organization found that alcohol is responsible for approximately 3 million deaths every year, representing 5.3 % of all deaths worldwide.
Over 75% (2.3 million) of those deaths were of men!
An estimated 237 million men and 46 million women suffer from alcohol-related issues, with the highest prevalence in Europe, where alcohol use impacts 14.8% of men and 3.5% of women.
The Americas place second with 11.5% of men and 5.1% of women suffering from overuse of alcohol.
Why Is Alcohol Dangerous?
More specifically, what makes alcohol dangerous for the human body?
Medical professionals have long sold us the idea that a glass of red wine a day is good for the heart, but a sweeping Global Burden of Diseases study published in 2018 found that no amount of alcohol is good for you.
After analyzing levels of alcohol use and its health effects in 195 countries from 1990 to 2016, researchers concluded that although light drinking may protect people against heart disease, the combined health risks associated with alcohol outweigh any possible benefits,
Alcohol (ethanol) kills cells. In order for such a toxin to be removed by the body, it must be metabolised into acetaldehyde — an even more toxic substance that damages DNA!
Acetaldehyde is also a carcinogen, a substance capable of causing cancer in living tissue.
10 Ways Alcohol Kill You?
Not only can drinking too much alcohol in one session lead to drowsiness, respiratory issues, coma or even death, even light to moderate long-term consumption poses a health and safety risk.
Excessive use of alcohol is a contributing factor in more than 200 disease and injury conditions. Alcohol is the leading risk factor for disease worldwide, accounting for nearly one in 10 deaths in people ages 15 to 49.
Car Accidents And Other Violent Accidents
The most obvious and immediate way excessive and even moderate alcohol consumption can hurt or kill you is through accidents, especially motor vehicle crashes.
Not only are men more likely than women to drink, but they are also more likely to take other risks that lead to injury or death (speeding, not wearing a seatbelt, road rage, etc.). Alcohol consumption compounds this safety risk.
Drinking alcohol also increases the risk of violent accidental deaths. How many times have you heard of someone drowning, falling, or being hit by cars because he or she was drunk?
Alcohol, Depression And Suicide
There is a tragically close relationship between alcohol and depression and suicide. People who are depressed and / or have suicidal thoughts often turn to alcohol in an attempt to alleviate their suffering, not knowing that alcohol exacerbates depression and suicidal thoughts.
Men are more likely than women to commit suicide, and more likely to have been drinking prior to committing suicide.
Digestive Diseases (Pancreatitis)
Excessive alcohol consumption can cause the pancreas to abnormally produce digestive enzymes, the build up of which can lead to a painful inflammation of the pancreas known as pancreatitis.
Pancreatitis is a serious issue that can cause complications if not addressed.
Heart disease in itself is the leading cause of death in modern society, but alcohol consumption can increase the chances of you dying from diseases and complications related to the heart.
Alcohol can raise a person’s blood pressure, ultimately causing a heart attack or stroke. Moreover, it is full of empty calories and is strongly correlated to weight gain and obesity, both of which strain the cardiovascular system and make you more susceptible to heart disease.
Your liver is what neutralizes the various toxic substances you consume, so it is particularly vulnerable to damage by alcohol consumption.
Alcohol scars and inflames the liver and interferes with its ability to metabolize fats.
At best, this causes fat to accumulate in the liver, resulting in fatty liver disease; at worst, the liver can become so inflamed that its cells die and get replaced with scar tissue, leading to a serious condition called cirrhosis.
Cirrhosis is irreversible and associated with many serious health problems. It can become so bad that a liver transplant may be the only treatment option.
As a carcinogen, alcohol increases the risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, liver, and colon. Both acetaldehyde and the alcohol itself contribute to the heightened risk.
It’s not just excessive drinking of alcohol (alcoholism) that increases your risk of developing different cancers — even having a few drinks a week has been linked to a 20% increased risk of mouth and throat cancer.
Reproductive Health, Sexual Function
Excessive alcohol consumption use can interfere with testicular function and male hormone production, resulting in erectile dysfunction, impotence, infertility, and reduction of male secondary sex characteristics such as facial and chest hair.
So not only can alcohol kill you, but drinking too much prevent you from creating life and make you look less masculine.
Skeletal And Muscle Systems
Long-term alcohol use can result in weaker bones. You may develop thinner bones that are prone to fractures, and these bone fractures may take longer to heal.
Muscle weakness, cramping, and atrophy can also result from drinking too much alcohol.
Drinking heavily reduces the effectiveness of you body’s natural immune system, making it harder to fight off unwanted germs and viruses and heal any of the aforementioned diseases and conditions.
Excessive drinking over a long period of time also makes you more susceptible to developing pneumonia or tuberculosis.
Propensity For Violence
Drinking alcohol is related to higher rates of lethal violence.
A significant number of criminals who go to prison for violent crimes such as assault, domestic abuse, or murder had excessively high blood alcohol levels upon their arrest.
About 48% of people convicted of homicide in the United States committed murder under the influence of alcohol.
Get Help For Your Alcohol Problem
The WHO findings on the lethality of alcohol should be sobering (pun intended) for anyone. If they don’t make you think twice before having another drink, we don’t know what will.
If you think you have a drinking problem, don’t feel ashamed to get help. Don’t be one of those men who refuse to see a doctor because they think it is not macho.
Alcoholism is a treatable disease, and alcoholics have the support of many treatment programs and approaches.
The treatment that’s right for you will depend on your situation and your goals.
Detox Your Body
Detoxing is a key step in recovering from alcohol dependence. The goal is to stop drinking completely so that your body has enough time to get the alcohol out of your system.
Most, if not all, alcoholics will experience some level of withdrawal symptoms after they suddenly stop drinking, symptoms such as shaking (tremors), hallucinations, and even seizures.
Going to a hospital or treatment center is advised if the symptoms are severe.
Counselor / Therapist
When you have an alcohol problem, controlling your drinking is only one part of the journey to recovery. Just as important is learning new everyday skills and strategies that can help curb your alcohol dependence for good.
Social workers, psychologists, or alcohol counselors can teach you how to change the habits and behaviors that make you want to drink, deal with stress and other triggers, build a strong support system, and set and accomplish attainable goals.
There is no medical cure for alcohol use disorder, but some medicines can help you recover by making drinking less appetizing and enjoyable.
Disulfiram (Antabuse), for instance, makes users feel sick or throw up if they drink, while Acamprosate (Campral) can help with cravings. Naltrexone (Revia) blocks the dopamine high you get from drinking.
Alcoholism Support Groups
Support groups are one of the oldest and most well-known treatment options for any form of alcoholism. They are made up of individuals who share their experiences and strategies with each other to solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
Alcoholics Anonymous is the best known alcoholism support group. You can join it for free.
Now that you know the horrific truth about alcohol, why not let your fellow men know as well?
Let them them know that alcohol is the most dangerous drug in the world when you consider the harm it does to the drinker, his friends and families, and to society as whole. It is a drug far more dangerous than heroin and crack cocaine!
Tell them that ,yes, drinking a lot of alcohol is dangerous, but so is drinking just a little. Despite what the media or their doctor might want them to believe, no amount of alcohol is good for the human body.
Alcohol — ‘ethanol’ by its real name — is a toxic chemical that kills cells, damages DNA, and causes cancer in living tissue. It is depressant that stupefies people, putting them at risk of doing stupid things that harms themselves and others.
One too many men, women, and children have died or been harmed because of alcohol consumption, so let’s do something about it.
Do your part by sharing the message about the dangers of alcohol with anyone you can, and be a positive role model by refraining from drinking.
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