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27 Feb

Alcohol is the leading cause of death for men aged between 16 and 54 and leads to 30,000 deaths each year.

In the UK alcohol consumption has nearly doubled since the 1960s. According to the Global Drug Survey, Britons get drunk an average of once a week, and one in ten of us are drunk on five or more days a week. Almost 11 million of us drink at levels that pose a risk to our health.

Alcohol has a major effect on our physical and mental well being and we should be encouraging everyone to drink less.

Even relatively modest amounts of alcohol impair a person’s judgment. One main reason is that the part of the brain that keeps you in control the frontal cortex is the first part switched off by booze.

Alcohol most damaging drug

Alcohol is by some margin the most damaging drug of all. Why? Because of the harm it does to society as well as to the individual with taxpayers picking up the huge bill. Similar studies have been carried out since in Europe and Australia, each with the same outcome.

Public drunkenness costs UK taxpayers more than £6 billion a year and costs the NHS over £3 billion.
In the past 50 years deaths from liver disease in the UK have increased five-fold and today around half of all people in beds in orthopaedic wards are there because of alcohol-related injuries.

Research shows that just a single drink a day increases the risk of breast cancer. Even light to moderate drinking raises your risk of developing an irregular heartbeat (cardiac arrhythmia), which can make you feel faint, short of breath and potentially lead to a stroke.

Most people still think the chief danger from drinking too much is cirrhosis of the liver. It isn’t: the biggest killers associated with alcohol are strokes and heart attacks. After that come various liver diseases and at least eight different types of cancer.

Alcohol and Dementia

Drinking also causes brain damage: at least one in five cases of dementia, it’s thought, is probably due to alcohol.

A 30-year study found evidence of faster cognitive decline in people who drank only up to seven units weekly, than in teetotalers. That’s the equivalent of having two large glasses of wine plus a small shot of spirits in a week.

Don’t think you’re a safe driver if you’re under the legal limit of blood alcohol level (which allows a man to drink roughly four units, or two pints, and a woman three units or a large glass of wine.)

A 2010 government report concluded that if your blood alcohol concentration is between 50mg and 80mg. you are up to six times more likely to die in a collision than if you’d drunk nothing at all. Having alcohol in your blood has an even greater impact on whether you die as a result of a crash.

You may think having just one pint of beer for the road is perfectly all right, but even that is doubtful.
New neuroscience research from Sussex University found that just one pint can compromise your road safety. Your co-ordination may not be affected, but you’ll have an exaggerated feeling of being in control of the car — and overconfidence can be dangerous.

There’s another mistake a lot of people make: they think it’s OK to drink a bit more on holiday. It’s not. If a woman drinks Five units a day (less than three standard glasses of wine) for just two or three weeks, she has five times more risk than a teetotaler of developing a fatty liver — the first stage of serious liver disease. For men, it’s eight units a day.

You may think you’ll be fine if you follow the UK chief medical officer’s advice to drink no more than 14 units a week.

And if you stick to these levels (roughly two pints of beer or two glasses of wine a day, spread out over three days a week, with days off in between), your risk of dying is greatly reduced.

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