“It’s killing people before they should be dying. These deaths are all 100 percent preventable.”
~ Maristela Monteiro, Senior Advisor on Alcohol and Substance Abuse at the Pan American Health Organization
Did you know that excessive drinking is associated with early death?
Annually, approximately 88,000 Americans die because of alcohol. That is indeed a tragedy. But what is equally startling is how many years of life are lost among people who abuse alcohol.
The number is staggering –2,570,870 years of life wasted because of alcohol.
For about 10% of men and women, alcohol abuse reduces their lifespan by about 30 years.
How Does Alcohol Contribute to Early Death?
Consider that dangerous drinkers typically fall into two groups.
The first group is made up of long-term drinkers. These are the people who drink right at or just over the defined limits of “moderate drinking”. They tend to experience such health conditions as:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Liver damage – in North, Central, and South America, liver disease accounts for 63% of alcohol-related deaths.
- Cancer – 5% of all cancer deaths are alcohol-related
The second group of dangerous drinkers of people who tend to binge-drink. Their mortality risk increases for different reasons:
- Automobile accidents
One under-reported fact is that heavy drinking is the fourth-leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Men are particularly at risk, accounting for 71% of alcohol-related deaths.
What Can Be Done About Alcohol-Related Deaths?
The first take-away is the pressing need for better and more frequent substance abuse screening. Right now, less than 1 in 3 US doctors screen for drinking or talk to their patients about any associated dangers.
The second take-away is that treatment for Alcohol Use Disorder cannot wait. In other words, if you or someone you care about has a problematic relationship with alcohol, the best – the ONLY – time to get help is RIGHT NOW. Because of illness or accident, tomorrow is already at risk.
If you are worried about your drinking or the drinking of someone you love, contact Lasting Recovery outpatient alcohol rehab in San Diego today for a confidential alcohol assessment.
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