The World Health Organisation report that there are an estimated 2.5 million deaths a year globally resulting from the harmful use of alcohol, and that alcohol is now the world’s third largest risk factor for disease.
Twice as many people are now addicted to alcohol than any other form of legal or illegal drug, and one in twenty people in the UK cannot get through the day without a drink. (Source: Institute of Alcohol Research).
Our medical services, particularly accident and emergency departments are overwhelmed by the number of alcohol related admissions, and heavy drinking costs the NHS 3 billion pounds each year.
Drinking is the “go to” drug of convenience for many. It is cheap to buy and is easily accessible to both adults and children. It is used to help people unwind and relax and increase confidence, and is often at the core of most social gatherings both in this country and abroad.
There is a major problem with alcohol consumption in the UK, and it doesn’t always happen on a Friday and Saturday night in the local clubs and pubs. Home-based drinking is just as much a problem, leading to relationship breakdowns and violence.
Alcohol is highly addictive, is an addiction which is hugely difficult to overcome, and can lead to a whole variety of health problems, including:-
|high blood pressure||seizures|
|sleep disturbance||nerve damage|
|heart attacks||impaired immunity|
|mental health issues||bone disease|
The problems linked to excess alcohol intake stretch much further than the negative impact to health, and includes:-
- lack of self control an individual experiences when under the influence which can lead to criminal and/or violent behaviour and poor decision making
- putting yourself and others in danger (for example drink driving)
- loss of inhibitions (a major reason people drink) leading to risk taking (scaling a building, standing on a high ledge)
- financial costs (both in terms of purchasing alcohol or, for example losing a job as a result of alcohol dependancy)
And of course alcohol has no nutritional benefit whatsoever, is highly calorific, and is a major problem in weight gain.
Quite simply, drinking alcohol in excess is tantamount to pouring your money, your health, your reputation and your relationships down a drain.
If you are looking to turn your health around, become fitter, slimmer, stronger and happier, alcohol should not play a major part in your life.
In fact, if you are really serious about taking care of the only body you have, alcohol should not be a part of your life at all.