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Sunday, 31 July 2011

Alcoholic Problems In The Western World Today

In the US  it is estimated there are currently 5,400,000 alcoholics and that 100,000 people a year die from alcohol linked problems. However the increased likelihood of an alcoholic or habitual binge drinker dying through a liver or brain disease is not the only consequence of an over indulgence of wine, beer or spirits. It is estimated that nearly 40% of Americans witness in their family the effects of alcohol abuse, including domestic violence. In particular many thousands of babies suffer physical difficulties such as deafness and heart problems or brain damage because their mothers refused to cut back on their heavy drinking during pregnancy. Also over 17,000 American people die and over 500,000 are injured per annum in drunk driving motor accidents. 

Meanwhile in the UK recent Health department figures showed that in 2004 a fifth of men and one in 11 women were occasional or habitual binge drinkers. Binge drinking costs Britain £20 billion a year, including according to 2004 figures £7.3 billion through drink-related crime, £6.4 billion from 17 million working days per annum lost to hangovers or liver disorders and £1.7 billion spent by the National Health Service on the results of alcohol misuse. Drink is related to half of all violent crimes. One survey suggested that over 80% of sex-attack victims were drunk. 

The problem often starts at an early age. College students have a reputation for engaging in binge drinking. In a survey in the US it was discovered that in the course of a few weeks nearly 65 percent of college students had experienced a hangover from excessive drinking, and over 55.percent reported having been nauseated or vomiting due to alcohol over indulgence.

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