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Is Alcohol A Bigger Threat Than Opioids?

Opioid abuse is a common theme in the news (especially in the US) as the number of overdose deaths continue to rise. There is also a resurgence of heroin and cocaine use. Should these drugs monopolise the news while the deadliest drug of all is largely ignored? Alcohol is the deadliest drug in the United States. It's legal, socially acceptable, easily available, and it is killing more people than all other drugs combined.

People Believe Alcohol Is Safe
Beer, wine, and liquor advertising is everywhere including television, billboards, magazines, radio, and online, and it's presented in a way that makes social drinking look sophisticated, sexy, and acceptable. In the eyes of younger people, drinking is cool and doesn't carry the stigma connected to the use of illicit drugs. As long as you are of age, don't drink and drive, and don't cause trouble when you are drunk, the police won't bother you. Unfortunately, many people do drive drunk, some become violent, and others mix drugs and alcohol. The truths that you will never see presented in a beer, wine, or spirit commercial include broken families, lost careers, legal problems, vehicular homicides, and alcohol poisoning deaths. Over 10,500 people are killed annually in accidents caused by drunk drivers. Thousands more receive serious and life-altering injuries, and many children who survive are orphaned.

People Drink To Celebrate
It seems many people believe alcohol is the only way to celebrate wins by favorite sports teams, engagements, weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, divorces, promotions, new jobs, job firings, holidays, and dozens of other excuses. A bottle of wine, vodka, or other spirit is often given as a gift. Sporting events call for tailgate parties, Super Bowl celebrations, and World Series Beer-a thons. The brain and body suffer when people get drunk. The plain truth is 88,000 people in the United States die from the abuse of alcohol every year. Is that something you really want to celebrate?

Binge Drinking
Binge drinking has increased dramatically in recent years. Nearly half of all alcohol related deaths are due to binge drinking. A minimum of five drinks for men and four for women is defined as binge drinking, and it can result in car accidents, falling injuries, violence, alcohol poisoning, and death. At the very least, binge drinking is busy at work injuring the brain, heart, liver, and other organs of the body. Binge drinking is on the rise among college students and young professionals including women.

Consequences of Drinking
According to the journal Addiction, alcohol contributes to cancer of the breast, liver, colon, esophagus, and other organs. Researchers state there is growing evidence of a connection between alcohol consumption and skin, prostate, and pancreatic cancer. Other diseases including cirrhosis of the liver, fatty liver disease, and alcohol hepatitis kill the drinker slowly. All of these health problems caused by drinking weaken the heart, interfere with brain function, break up families, and cause job loss. There are no good results achieved by drinking alcoholic beverages.

There are plenty of non-alcoholic beverage options you can enjoy when socializing, at a party, or celebrating an occasion with friends. Don't let alcohol ruin your health and life. It kills more people than opioids. If you have a drinking problem, get help before it affects your health, job, finances, and relationships.

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