Alcohol abuse

Alcohol abuse contributes to 4% of global deaths and disability, which then leads to become one of the main culprits of death and disability worldwide. In a three-year investigation commissioned by National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism USA (NIAAA), there were at least 1,400 student deaths and 500,000 injuries reported each year due to alcohol consumption. Furthermore, it was also stated in the same report that at least 600,000 students were attacked by those student drinkers.

According to World Health Organization (WHO), alcohol claims the lives of 1.8 million people (3.2%). Another 58.3 million people (4%) are accounted for Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALYs). One third of the 1.8 million deaths are caused by unintentional injuries. Meanwhile, 40% of DALYs are related to neuro-psychiatric conditions. Developed countries and developing countries have higher DALYs compared to those poorer and less developed countries.

Is alcohol consumption has become a social norm of today? Or has it been misused by those who want to earn quick profits and those who want to feel they are socially-connected with other Alcohol-drinking peers, even though you very well its awful side effects?

Back in the ancient time, alcohol was treated as a present of gods as it was often used in religion and worship. Not only that, alcohol beverage was a vital source of needed nutrients, thanks to its analgesic, antiseptic, medicinal and thirst quencher properties. Now, alcohol beverages are
offered in almost every restaurant and people drink it like any other drinks. To some, drinking alcohol is It has somehow evolved to become a social drink instead – during celebration or just for the enjoyment.

This social drink has caused enough problems to both drinkers and nondrinkers. It is “a depressant drug that is absorbed by the stomach where it enters the bloodstream and is spread to all the tissue in the body”.

When a person develops dependency on alcohol, four symptoms will surface: craving, loss of control, physical dependence and tolerance. This is called alcoholism or alcohol abuse. The alcoholic will start to have a strong craving for alcohol greater tolerance against alcohol after frequent consumption, more alcohol will be gulped down into the stomach to create the desired effects. Developing dependency towards alcohol is just like developing a chronic disease, as it is a lifetime disease.

People enjoy consuming alcohol due to its ability to create serenity and happiness feelings. All they need is just a small dose of alcohol for this. However, it can also weaken the drinker’s coordination, concentration, judgment and vision, especially needed when you are on the steering wheels i.e. this is how alcohol results in disability due to drink-driving accidents.

At a larger dose, the drinker will experience symptoms like hangover, hallucination, insomnia, nausea, slurred speech and vomiting. Drinkers who drink excessively in the long run will develop permanent damage to important organs, which may eventually lead to death.

What you drink today does not mean your child won’t be affected. Pregnant ladies who drink excessive amounts of alcohol beverages expose their babies (fetus). These babies may suffer from mental retardation and permanent physical defect when born. Why disrupt the lives of the innocent when you can throw away all your whiskies and liquor?

Alcohol abuse not only will affect one’s health but also the society. An alcoholic will develop problems such as anxiety, cancer, chronic depression, cirrhosis, injuries, irritability and insomnia. When they are no longer competent to carry out their duty in their working life, they may soon face job loss and will cause a disturbance in their family’s harmony
and even turn abusive i.e. domestic violence such as wife battering, child abuse.

Does it worth it to indulge in alcohol? The answer is clear here. Let yourself to be in control, not alcohol.


Until then,

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