It is said that alcohol is killing more teenagers across the world than all other drugs combined. The three leading causes of fatal deaths among the youth are homicides, suicides, and accidents. Alcohol plays a role in each of these causes.
A young person who engages in alcohol abuse is highly likely to engage in usage of other drugs. Moreover, the same young person is highly likely to engage in cocaine as compared to another person who does not drink. A survey was conducted and it found that among the 30% of young people who identified as heavy drinkers, 10 percent of them were engaging in the illegal usage of drugs.
In the year 2005, over 6% of the population was reported to be engaging in heavy drinking. This is equivalent to 16 million people across the United States. Moreover, of all the 4 million people who were treated for engaging in usage of illegal substances, around 2.6 million of them were being treated for misusing alcohol.
In the year 2007, the United States recorded close to 13,000 deaths caused by alcohol. This statistics is more than 300% of the soldiers who died in combat missions for the previous six years! Moreover, every year, the United States records over 1.4 million arrests which are a result of drunk driving. The Department of Justice in the United States reported that over 40% of all violent crimes were as a result of alcohol usage.
23 million persons from European Union live a life that is alcohol-dependent
In England, the National Health System reported that there were over 187,000 persons who were admitted to health facilities as a result of alcohol-related cases in the years 2005 to 2006. England reported over 6,000 deaths which occurred as a result of alcohol use in the year 2005. The following year, alcohol-related deaths in England rose to 8,700. This represents a 7% increase every year.
According to a study that was conducted in the European Union, over 23 million persons live a life that is alcohol-dependent. This is indeed a shockingly high number. England reported that close to 40% of traffic deaths were as a result of alcohol. Moreover, alcohol is attributed to 40% of all the violent crimes in the same country.
In addition to the already discussed effects of alcohol use, alcohol causes distorted hearing and vision, anaemia, coma, memory lapse, reduced discernment and coordination, and breathing difficulty, among others on the body. Moreover, the prolonged usage of alcohol can lead to domestic violence, liver disease, escalated family problems, inflammation of stomach walls, loss of jobs, fatal falls, high blood pressure, intentional harm such as those of using firearms, ulcers, and alcohol poisoning among others.