Alcohol Awareness

Dear World

We have Alcohol Awareness Week

This article is to bring awareness about Alcohol (1)

Note – the initial stats are what we would say are a bit old

As we know Alcohol use continues to increase, so the real figures today would be much higher, if we are to be honest.

For more details about Alcohol – read our blogs
https://simplelivingglobal.com/the-real-truth-about-alcohol/
https://simplelivingglobal.com/dry-january/

 

RUSSIA
49 die in Siberia after drinking bath essence – used as a cheap substitute for Alcohol

Alcohol is a major problem in Russia – 1 in 4 men die before age 55

12 million impoverished, regularly consume surrogate Alcohol – perfume, window cleaner and surgical spirit. (2)

 

UK
40% of NHS workload related to Excessive Alcohol consumption, smoking and lack of exercise, says the Chief Executive of NHS England. (3)

 

Over half of adults in Wales have been harmed by someone else drinking Alcohol (4)

 

80% of weekend arrests are Alcohol related

50% of violent crime is committed under the influence of Alcohol

53% of police workload is Alcohol related

Alcohol is found to be involved in 1 – 30% of all fires
50% result in casualties – cost 5 times more on average (5)

 

£52 BILLION EACH YEAR – COST OF CRIME, ILL HEALTH AND LOST PRODUCTIVITY AS A RESULT OF ALCOHOL USE (6)

 

£24,000,000,000 spent on Alcohol in pubs, bars and restaurants

£400,000,000 higher than previous year – 2015 (7)

 

CANADA
Higher rate of injury reported when mixing Alcohol and Caffeine
Spirits being mixed with caffeine-based energy drinks

Studies show increase in falls, car accidents and incidences of suicidal behaviour and violence increased (8)

 

UK
1 in 7 divorces linked to heavy drinking by wives

Alcohol abuse in a marriage due to the behaviour of the wife has tripled since 1980 (9)

 

The physical health risks of drinking Alcohol are well known. Less discussed are the mental health consequences.

94% increase over 10 years of age 15 – 59 being admitted to hospital with Alcohol related behavioural disorders.

150% increase for people age 60+ (10)

 

USA
Binge drinking sessions were enough to cause symptoms of early stage liver disease

Study published online in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research (11)

 

UK
29 million age 16 + drank Alcohol

7.8 million binged on Alcohol
Office of National Statistics bulletin – Great Britain 2005 – 2016 (12)

 

Moderate drinking results in structural changes to the brain, leading to ‘brain atrophy’ or ‘right sided hippocampal atrophy’.
British Medical Journal – June 2017 (13)

 

USA
5 major organs being destroyed by Alcohol consumption

  • Heart
  • Brain
  • Liver
  • Pancreas
  • Kidneys (14)

 

CANADA
High Blood Pressure is also a health risk of Binge Drinking

Study found blood pressure of adults aged 20 – 24 were 2 to 4 mmHg higher than those that did not binge drink. (15)

 

EUROPE
World Health Organization data shows Europeans drink more Alcohol than any other continent
 (16)

 

UK
63,000 will die in England over the next 5 years from liver problems linked to heavy drinking, doctors warn.
(17)

 

GLOBAL
Research shows that industry sponsored research almost invariably favours the interests of the industry sponsor, even when investigators believe they are immune from such influence.
(18)

 

UK
Scotland – new health guidelines

NHS staff told to warn that even light drinking poses a risk to the heart (19)

 

50% rise in number of air passengers arrested for drunken mis-behaviour on flights and in airports. (20)

 

Alcohol drinkers caused more emergency 999 callouts than Christmas partygoers.
London Ambulance Service (21)

 

USA
Alcohol Epidemic in USA – National Survey | 79,000 people

1 in 8 Americans are now Alcoholics

49% increase in Alcoholism in U.S. over 11 years (22)

 

UK
Urgent action needed to tackle Alcohol and drug misuse among baby boomers, experts warn. Growing body of data from around the world – substance misuse increasing among those mid-50s and older.

2015/16
Over half a million adults, aged 55 to 74 admitted to hospitals in England, with Alcohol related injuries, diseases or conditions. More than any other age group. (23)

 

AUSTRALIA
Cancers linked to Alcohol consumption:

  • Prostate Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Mouth Cancer
  • Throat Cancer
  • Oesophageal Cancer
  • Liver Cancer
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer (24)

 

USA
Alaska town trying to address hard drinking that is deeply entrenched there

Law proposed prohibiting intoxication in public places, like the city’s main street, where people can be seen stumbling along or passed out near tourist shops.

Locals say law would unfairly target residents who are struggling with alcoholism, while failing to address root causes. (25)

 

UK
Chief Medical Officer – Dame Sally Davies warns pregnant women against drinking any Alcohol, on the grounds that there is no safe level.
(26)

 

EUROPE
Research Study analysed information relating to cancer on the websites of 30 Alcohol industry organisations between September and December 2016.  Findings show “some sort of distortion and mis-representation” of evidence.

Activities have parallels with those of the Tobacco industry

Alcohol consumption is an established risk factor for a range of cancers including oral cavity, liver, breast and colorectal cancers. (27)

 

ECUADOR
Illegal traders selling contaminated Alcohol
880 gallons seized | 16 people died (28)

 

UK
£2.7 billion a year is the cost to the National Health Service for treating Alcohol Abuse

£1 billion a year on Ambulances and A & E services to look after drunks

25% increase in Alcohol related hospital admissions in last decade (29)

 

USA
Scientists have spent 3 years studying the flow of liquid across wine bottle lips, using slow motion video. This is so that they can design wine bottles that do not drip.
(30)

 

UK
Over 100 brands of Gin now available on the UK market like Christmas gin with frankincense and myrrh.
(31)

 

Parents giving children Alcohol too young and ordering takeaways too often.
Researchers warn. (32)

 

70% of emergency department attendances at weekends are due to Alcohol consumption. (33)

 

FRANCE
Data examined on millions of adults in France 2008 – 2013

ALCOHOL CLEARLY DOES DAMAGE TO THE BRAIN

Drinking Alcohol linked to early dementia

57% diagnosed with dementia before age 65 were heavy drinkers (34)

 

USA
88,000 people die from excess drinking of Alcohol each year in America

More than half are related to binge drinking

37 million adults reported binge drinking

Study found there were 17.5 billion binge drinks consumed per year (35)

 

UK
New statistics state that people in their 50s and 60s, Alcohol is now the 6th most common cause of disability, with Alcohol-related dementia of particular concern.
(36)

75% of serious air rage incidents involved Alcohol – 2016 on British flights (37)

 

GLOBAL
Largest ever study of its kind concluded –

2 glasses of wine per night takes 2 years off our lives

30 year study | 600,000 people who drink Alcohol | 19 countries

During the time period – 40,000 died and 39,000 suffered heart problems (38)

 

GREECE
Crete bans young people from the UK to “reclaim” the Greek island from the hedonistic, Alcohol fuelled reputation it has, because British tourists pour into its bars and clubs every summer.

95% of the town’s 137 hotels are scrapping the notorious 18 – 30 holiday group package deals, seen as a right of passage for thousands of young people in the UK. (39)

 

UK
Airline pilots are allowed to drink Alcohol

There is a legal limit of 20 mg of Alcohol per 200 ml of blood that pilots can have in their body. (40)

 

USA
Major study into the health effects of Alcohol had to be stopped
Much of the money came from the Alcohol industry
(41)

 

FRANCE
8,000 babies born every year with health problems caused by their mothers drinking. (42)


GLOBAL

NO SAFE LEVEL OF ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION – MAJOR STUDY CONCLUDES (43)

Researchers covered 195 countries between 1990 and 2016 and amassed data from hundreds of other studies, which makes it the largest collected evidence base to date.

One drink a day increases the risk of developing an Alcohol-related disease, which includes Cancer, Diabetes and Tuberculosis. This increased by 37% for those who had 5 drinks. (43)

 

British women are one of the heaviest drinkers in the world

UK, South Korea and Gambia – females drink as much as males

Denmark has the highest number of Alcohol consumers
95% women | 97% men

Research involved 592 studies and over 28 million participants (44)

 

UK
The most expensive draft beer – coffee flavoured beer costing £22.50 a pint
(45)

 

UK drink driving limit set in 1967
80mg of Alcohol per 100 ml of blood

2001 European Commission suggested it be lowered to 50mg but UK did not change. (46)

 

Coroner ruled – student died from the “toxic effects” of drinking excessive Alcohol on an “initiation-style” bar crawl.
20 year old student on a bar crawl where 100 triple vodkas were ordered (47)

 

GLOBAL
Cold weather and long nights make people drink more Alcohol and increase the risk of binge drinking and liver failure. The study found people who live in countries with less sunlight and lower temperatures drink more Alcohol than those in warmer regions.
(48)

 

SCIENTISTS DO NOT FULLY UNDERSTAND WHAT CAUSES A HANGOVER (49)

 

RUSSIA
Hundreds of thousands of Alcohol related deaths every year
Alcohol addiction and Alcohol related crime is so high
Episode 2 – https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b096sbzx/episodes/guide  (50)

 

UK
Doctors warn – adults who drink 3 or 4 pints after work may need a liver transplant.

Experts at the Royal Free Hospital in London said that it was a “common mis-conception” that only hardened drinkers were in danger of damaging their liver.

People who have developed a habitual unhealthy excessive drinking pattern, like 3 to 4 pints after work, was far more representative of the people that undergo a transplant. (51)

 

2.6 million children in the UK living with an Alcohol dependent parent

Children of alcoholics are –

6 times as likely to witness domestic violence
3 times as likely to consider suicide
Twice as likely to experience problems at school (52)

 

Airlines UK – the trade body for UK registered airline companies said airport bars were fuelling a rise in bad behaviour in the air and the routine sale of doubles in mixers and cocktails was ‘worrying and irresponsible.’

Airports saying airlines heavily market Alcohol offers on board and want to curb drinking at airports to boost their own sales. Their concerns over drinking Alcohol at airports are driven by commercial interests rather than a genuine concern about excessive Alcohol consumption or disruptive behaviour, says a senior airport source. (53)

 

80 people die every day of Alcohol related causes in the UK and over 1 million Alcohol related hospital admissions every year.

1 in 10 people in hospital beds in the UK are Alcohol dependent

Hospitals in the UK struggling to cope with numbers of people whose heavy drinking lands them in A & E or Mental Health Units. (54)

 

64% rise in Alcohol related hospital admissions in 2017 (55)

 

Older people, particularly the middle classes, are not associated with excessive drinking, few of them realise that they have a problem.

Doctor working on a liver unit, in a large inner-city hospital said he was shocked to see Accountants, Lawyers, Doctors and Teachers with liver failure. They could not believe drinking Alcohol was the cause of their health problems, until it was too late. (56)

 

New parents worrying about their baby’s health every hour and turning to Alcohol for comfort – new research study. (57)

 

GLOBAL
2030 – half of all adults worldwide will drink Alcohol and 25% will binge drink at least once a month, according to projections covering 189 countries.

The world is not on track to achieve global targets to reduce harmful Alcohol use.


CHINA

Alcohol intake per head has increased 70% in the country since 1990 (58)

 

UK
A major report shows the average Briton is now drinking 108 bottles of wine a year – far more than the rest of the Western world.

The study of 36 nations show that the UK’s Alcohol consumption is now among the highest in developed countries.

Over 65s beginning NHS treatment for Alcohol problems has doubled in the past decade.

Trends among older drinkers were alarming. The impact of this long term is seen in liver disease, Alcohol related brain damage, dementia, cancer, blood pressure, strokes and a whole range of health problems.
Addictions Faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (59)

 

USA
The number of Alcohol deaths per year, in the United States has doubled since 1999.

America is in the middle of an alcohol epidemic as alcohol causes more deaths than all drug overdoses combined – even at the height of America’s opioid epidemic. (60)

 

UK
35 million bottles of rum sold in UK worth £1 billion

Rare collection created – only 500 bottles of Rum costing £3,000 (61)

 

Inventive ways to socialise with Alcohol during lockdown:

  • Video conferencing and holding nightly parties online with Alcohol
  • Weekly newspaper quiz on Zoom with extra top up of Alcohol if you get it right
  • Poker parties
  • Bridge parties
  • Communal cooking
  • Book reading groups (62)

 

589,000 people dependent on Alcohol in the UK

Hospital beds needed for coronavirus victims being blocked by Alcoholics depending on the NHS. (63)

 

IRAN
728 people died after ingesting toxic methanol thinking it could cure the new virus.

10 fold increase in Alcohol poisoning in the past year

5,011 people poisoned from methanol Alcohol (64)

 

INDIA
2nd largest consumer of liquor in the world

India consumes more whiskey than any other country in the world

Study in 189 countries between 1990 and 2017 – Alcohol consumption had grown by 38% in India. (65)

 

Alcohol consumption is emerging as a major public health problem in India
It has been strongly linked to domestic violence (66)

 

GLOBAL
$10 billion – part of the Alcohol industry is Travel Retail
Sales during flights, on cruises and duty free shops

$21 billion – part of the Alcohol industry is E-commerce with sales increasing
People are developing a new habit of getting Alcohol delivered to their homes. (67)

 

UK
UK government fast track approval for any venue with Alcohol licence to sell drinks for take away, in a bid to encourage people to drink Alcohol outside.

Police concerned the move could lead to a rise in disorder (68)

 

GLOBAL
1 in 5 adults get so drunk they feel out of control at least once a month

61,043 adults from 21 countries

85% felt the effects of Alcohol at least once a month
66% became as drunk as they wanted to (69)

 

UK
22% adults admit drinking more Alcohol in lockdown and this was stronger among teenagers under age 18 and young people in their 20s.

DrinkAware have warned drinking Alcohol could become a habit that is “ingrained and hard to break.” (70)

 

UK government endorses Alcohol
Distilleries have won £10 million funding to help them harness energy sources. (71)

 

Average drinker at home pours 50% more wine than standard measure

1 in 5 put at least third of a bottle of wine in each glass

Drinking Spirits
150% bigger than a single measure
1 in 4 pour themselves a triple shot

5 million people in past 6 months, driving knowing they are over the drink drive limit. (72)

 

The number of people now drinking Alcohol at high risk levels that threaten their health has doubled to 8.5 million since February 2020. (73)

 

AUSTRALIA
9,719 youth –
this is the largest study to investigate the impacts of low level Alcohol use during pregnancy.

EVEN LOW LEVELS OF ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION DURING PREGNANCY CAN IMPACT A CHILD’S BRAIN DEVELOPMENT.
It is also associated with greater psychological and behavioural problems in youth, which includes:

  • Anxiety
  • Being withdrawn
  • Depression
  • Poor Attention
  • Being Impulsive (74)

 

UK
UK doctors have warned super cheap high strength cider is causing ‘colossal’ harm to the nation. A week’s worth of Alcohol can be purchased for the price of a takeaway coffee.

The Alcohol Health Alliance UK – a coalition of more than 50 organisations, which include Royal Colleges and Health charities found cider being sold in 2.5 litre bottles containing almost 19 units of Alcohol. (75)

 

Millions drinking Alcohol more heavily due to pandemic – 22 November 2020

29% have been drinking Alcohol at increasing or high risk levels over past 6 months.

53% said they drank Alcohol for a mental health reason –

  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Worry
  • Boredom
  • Sleep Issues
  • Feeling Sad or Low (76)

 

Benefits of not drinking Alcohol for one month – Dry January

70% report sleeping better

65% notice general improvement in health (77)

 

Research published in the British Medical Journal 2018 found short term abstinence from Alcohol had the following results:

  • Changes in Cardiovascular risk factors
  • Changes in Liver function tests
  • Blood Pressure lower
  • Reduces Diabetes risk
  • Cholesterol levels lower
  • Reduces levels of Cancer related proteins in blood (78)

 

CANADA
Alcohol is the new cigarette in Canada
$3.7 billion national Alcohol deficit (79)

 

UK
Global whisky exports from UK grew to £4.9 billion in 2019

130 distilleries operating in this region (80)

 

New TV show – 96% of the drinks on screen were alcoholic (81)

 

Teenager died after 4 hour binge drinking “initiation” for a university rugby club. (82)

 

Deaths from Alcohol misuse in England and Wales has hit a 20 year high in 2020.

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) show the death rate starting to rise at the beginning of the first lockdown and increasing sharply each quarter.

7,423 Alcohol specific deaths in 2020
Highest annual death toll since records began (83)

 

USA
A randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled Trial of Intravenous Alcohol to assess changes in Atrial Electrophysiology.

The data demonstrates a direct mechanistic link between Alcohol, a common lifestyle exposure and immediate proarrhythmic effects in human atria.

Acute exposure to Alcohol reduces Atrial Effective Refractory Periods AERP, particularly in the pulmonary veins. (84)

 

UK
Study published in Society for the Study of Addiction

Associations between Social Media usage and Alcohol among Youth and Young Adults.

4+ hours users more likely to binge drink 3 or 4 times a month

There is a strong correlation between heavier social media use and more frequent Alcohol consumption and that relationship exists across time. (85)

 

THERE IS NO SAFE AMOUNT OF ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION FOR THE BRAIN

25,378 people – observational cohort study in the UK

Moderate consumption is associated with more widespread adverse effects on the brain than previously recognised. (86)

 

GLOBAL
Global Drugs Survey 2020

Data based on 90,000 people who drink Alcohol:

  • 28 times, male respondents reported getting drunk in last 12 months
  • 30% of occasions, respondents reported regretting getting drunk
  • 64% regret drinking too much and too quickly
  • 39% regret mixing drinks
  • 75% – Bad Hangover

Top consequence of drinking Alcohol that led people to say they regretted getting drunk. (87)

 

UK
LSE study over 8 years, shows domestic violence higher in the 12 hours after a football match.

Researchers found ALL INCREASES WERE DRIVEN BY PERPETRATORS THAT HAD CONSUMED ALCOHOL. (88)

 

Alcohol is a major player in the relationship between sport and abuse (89)

 

38% rise in domestic violence when England loses an important football match. (90)

 

GLOBAL
741,300 cancer cases globally caused by Alcohol in 2020

16,800 cases of cancer in UK caused by drinking Alcohol in 2020

There is strong evidence that Alcohol consumption can cause various cancers

  • Breast Cancer
  • Liver Cancer
  • Colon Cancer
  • Rectum Cancer
  • Oropharynx Cancer
  • Larynx Cancer
  • Oesophagus Cancer (91)

 

UK
21% increase in Alcoholic liver deaths during year of the pandemic
(92)

 

12.6 million EXTRA litres of Alcohol sold in the financial year 2020 to 2021

58.6% increase of people reporting they are drinking Alcohol at increasing and higher risk levels when comparing March 2020 and March 2021.

Alcoholic liver disease accounted for over 80% of all deaths in 2020 (93)

 

USA
95,000 Alcohol related death in USA each year and the number is rising

Despite mounting evidence of the harm Alcohol causes, the main reason it is legal in the US is the banning of Alcohol (prohibition) a century ago, failed. (94)

 

UK
Alcohol is used in ready made pastry – the box in the supermarket fridge section.

 

GREENLAND
A small town Greenland has banned Alcohol temporarily due to what they call were “spooky” incidents. These included domestic disturbances, suicides and incidents of violence. (95)

 

GLOBAL
2021

US $12,997 MILLION – Revenue in Gin Market

Most of the revenue is generated in the United Kingdom ($3,249 million) in 2021 (96)

 

Dear World

A reminder once again about Alcohol Awareness

NO SAFE LEVEL OF ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION – MAJOR STUDY CONCLUDES

195 countries | 25 year study | largest collected evidence base to date (43)

For those that would like more understanding about Alcohol and the harmfull effects to the human body, plus the facts and the stats – see links

https://simplelivingglobal.com/the-real-truth-about-alcohol/
https://simplelivingglobal.com/dry-january/

 

 

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  1. Alcohol Awareness Week in the UK

    Here are a few statistics taken from Alcohol Change – an organisation that brings awareness about alcohol and the consequences.
    https://alcoholchange.org.uk/alcohol-facts/fact-sheets/alcohol-statistics

    602,391 Alcohol dependent drinkers in the UK – 2018/19

    82% not accessing treatment

    24% of adults in England and Scotland regularly drink over the Chief Medical Officer’s low risk guidelines.

    27% binge drink in Great Britain

    ALCOHOL MIS-USE IS THE BIGGEST RISK FACTOR FOR DEATH, ILL HEALTH AND DISABILITY AGE 15 – 49

    74% more affordable than alcohol was in 1987

    ALCOHOL IS A CAUSAL FACTOR IN MORE THAN 60 MEDICAL CONDITIONS

    England
    976,425 HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS RELATED TO ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION 2019/20

    Wales
    54,900 ALCOHOL RELATED HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS

    Scotland
    35,781 ALCOHOL RELATED HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS

    Rise in older people over age 65 admitted to hospitals in England for alcohol related conditions.

    39% of all violent incidents in England – offender under the influence of Alcohol

    Young people who obtained Alcohol
    71% were given Alcohol by parents or guardians
    49% were given Alcohol by friends
    48% took Alcohol from home with permission

    66% of young people drink Alcohol with parents
    58% drink Alcohol with friends
    61% who drink Alcohol never buy Alcohol

    Scotland
    36,000 – 51,000 children live with a parent or guardian those Alcohol use is potentially problematic.

    These are some statistics and there are more – see link above.

    This is one country – United Kingdom and these statistics are speaking volumes.

    The burden on the National Health System means society as a whole is paying for it.
    Our Youth being enabled through their parents or custodians, that are supposedly to raise them by being real role models, drink Alcohol with them.

    Thousands of children living with parents that have an Alcohol problem.

    A reminder to ALL of Us.
    Statistics are always out of date, so take note that this is old news.
    How many live and go under the radar and never make the stats?

    This is worth considering as our methods of collecting data never includes all those that dodge the system, the world and remain under the radar.

    What would the real figures look like today if they were ALL included?

    What is the real state of this one country alone when it comes to Alcohol?
    What is this microcosm report telling us about the whole world and Alcohol?

    What is this blog, stating some facts and stats and posing some sensible questions telling us all Dear World?

    As this is ALCOHOL AWARENESS week, the spotlight is on this topic.

    How about we make it news headlines and keep the spotlight on Alcohol Awareness so that we all get to learn and understand the devastating and harmfull impact, beyond words that Alcohol consumption is doing to the human frame, those we say we love and care for and our communities, our countries and the whole world?

  2. World Health Organization – Europe
    Copenhagen – 20 October 2021

    https://www.euro.who.int/en/media-centre/sections/press-releases/2021/alcohol-is-one-of-the-biggest-risk-factors-for-breast-cancer

    ALCOHOL IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST RISK FACTORS FOR BREAST CANCER

    Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed type of cancer in the European region of the World Health Organization.

    2020 – Alcohol was the cause of almost 40,000 NEW BREAST CANCER CASES and Europe has the highest rate of new breast cancer diagnoses compared to any of the other WHO regions.

    Breast cancer has become the most common cancer globally.
    2 million new cases in 2020 and 100,000 attributable to alcohol.

    Many people, including women are not aware that breast cancer is the most common cancer caused by alcohol among women globally.

    WHO is telling us that people need to know that by reducing alcohol consumption they can reduce their risk of getting cancer.

    In this same article, WHO says THERE IS NO SAFE LEVEL OF ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION.
    The risk of breast cancer increases with each unit of alcohol consumed per day.

    “Simply put, alcohol is toxic. It harms every organ while it passes through the body”

    We then get told it makes ‘perfect sense’ but the advice is contrary. WHY?

    WHY are the World Health Organization saying people are unaware and then saying there is no safe level of alcohol consumption (which we all know already), then offer advice to limit our alcohol consumption, find ways to replace alcohol and adopt new policies that help reduce alcohol consumption?

    Will the recommendations from the World Health Organization work –
    increase taxes, ban or restrict marketing across the media and regulate sale hours?

    Would this drive alcohol underground, like the sales of cigarettes and illicit drugs?

    Could we ask the World Health Organisation that there could be another way?

    We already know the public are un-aware so WHY not bring in some real education?

    Let us put big billboards and adverts across social media and television and every other media platform throughout the world. If we just roll out statistics, like this article on Alcohol Awareness has done, that would be a great start.

    Let us bring in some proper real human life education and that is a reality check for ALL adults and then what they do with it once they are presented with the Real Truth about Alcohol is up to them.

    Let us remind the adult population of the consequences of their choices, as we are no longer ignorant once we know and have the facts presented. One such choice is our health systems can no longer give priority to this lifestyle choice of inflicting a poison in excess and expecting to be treated.

    Let us inform those that use the emergency services – because of their drinking habits that there will be a price to pay – community service for 100 hours and that happens regardless of job title and wealth status.

    Let us get into every school and bring in proper education for the kids.
    Then we get the researches in to do their studies and track those that have been offered the real education from presenters like the author of this blog, this comment and this website and see down the line IF they go near alcohol.

    Before we shut this comment down, why not consider it as nothing else is working?

    With due respect the organisation for world health is offering an approach that still gives the person a choice. How can we continue to allow more breast cancer cases to continue if we know and have the answer?

    We know that alcohol affects every organ and we know beyond doubt there is zero health benefits in consuming a toxic poison.

    The question we now need to ask is WHY are the authorities and those that tell the masses what is law and what is allowed and what is not, taking a soft approach that continues to harm the human frame?

    Are they afraid of the reaction or are they enabling others to continue because they themselves are unable to give up alcohol in their own personal life?

    Dear World,

    We are at a critical juncture in human life – nothing is working.
    Illness and disease is off the scale and our health systems are not coping.

    We continue to endorse or accept lifestyle choices that are harming people and having a huge knock on effect, like cancers because of alcohol and domestic violence because of alcohol and drugs.

    Yet we say ‘we want to reduce the risk’.

    WHY are we not saying let us ELIMINATE ALL RISK and that means give the people the facts, the stats, the absolute ALL that we know about alcohol and then give them the choice to choose if they want to continue?

    Our solutions have failed us and our nice approach does not work.
    Alcohol is killing people and the loss is devastating for those left behind.

    And finally, we need Independent Research studies (not funded by the alcohol industry) to do observational studies and present qualitative data in the European region so we know exactly WHY so many women are turning to alcohol.

    Let’s get into their real everyday life and observe what is going on and this may give us a greater insight and indication as to WHY they use alcohol.

    This comment serves as it offers another way for humanity, as does this whole website.

    It may be dismissed right now but one day scholars will study this website and note that the answers were presented to mankind back in the early 21st century.

  3. Thank you for this superb blog on the harm alcohol does both to individuals and society.

    It’s interesting for me to learn, as I have done from this blog, that the largest scientific study ever conducted of its kind has concluded that there is no safe level of alcohol consumption.

    I stopped drinking alcohol about 15 years ago and since then I have had numerous conversations with people who do drink alcohol who have, when I say I don’t drink, suggested that I should resume drinking alcohol because of the health benefits of moderate alcohol consumption.

    If the scientific studies, including the one referred to by the author, that have found that there are no safe levels of alcohol are correct, the notion that moderate alcohol consumption has health benefits must be a myth.

    But this is a myth that many people I know believe! And these are intelligent, well-educated people who are successful in their chosen professions.

    On the one hand, it’s astonishing to me that people can believe the myth that moderate alcohol consumption can have health benefits – especially when you look at the statistics that the author cites above that paint a powerful picture of the devastation caused by alcohol use.

    But then it isn’t that surprising, because so many people do actually believe either that a little bit of alcohol will do you no harm or moderate alcohol consumption is actually good for you and the cultural myth that there are safe levels of alcohol consumption is yet to be debunked in our society.

  4. Independent News – 8 December 2021

    https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/government-war-on-drugs-alcohol-deaths-b1971903.html

    Alcohol claimed the lives of more people than drugs in 2020.

    Ian Hamilton writes “The government’s war on drugs turns a blind eye to one of Britain’s deadliest narcotics – Alcohol.
    The only intervention we have witnessed is to ensure uninterrupted supply of alcohol during the pandemic”.

    Many of us do not consider alcohol as being a drug.
    The Office of National Statistics report on alcohol-specific deaths is a reminder.
    3,000 lives were claimed for drugs and 8,974 deaths were alcohol related in 2020.

    Men continue to be twice as likely to die due to alcohol.
    Scotland and Northern Ireland have the highest rates of deaths.

    While those with more wealth drink as much as those with the least, factors such as diet and access to health care and other resources ensure the impact of heavy drinking is felt more acutely by those with the least.

    The advertising budge at the disposal of the alcohol industry – count the number of times a day alcohol is advertised. TV, bus shelters, billboards, social media, etc., Add to that the number of outlets where it can be purchased.

    “Alcohol advertising and promotion pays, otherwise the industry would not bother investing the millions that it does” says Hamilton.

    There has been a trend showing a slight fall but what we ought to pay attention to is the switch from lower strength alcohol like beer to stronger ones like wines and spirits. So collectively we might be drinking a bit less but what we are drinking is significantly more potent and therefore a greater risk to our health.

    “Despite the record numbers dying as a result of alcohol, do not expect action from the government on this. Whilst it continues to get tough on narcotics, it works hard to ensure we continue to have access to our favourite drug, irrespective of the damage it causes to an increasing number of families and communities” adds Hamilton.

    WHY does the British government not take the alcohol crisis seriously?
    WHY are they endorsing this industry when we all know the harm it causes?

    The following is in line with the government guidelines:

    £1,734,347 total spent on Alcohol in The House of Lords between 2015 and 2020
    £1,073,724 total spent on Alcohol in The House of Commons between 2017 and 2020
    https://metro.co.uk/2020/11/13/house-of-lords-splashed-nearly-2000000-on-booze-in-five-years-13587244/

    Could it be possible that those that are in positions of making decision for and on behalf of the general public, need to lead by example. In other words, become real role models and if not, they could just have a blind spot and not see Alcohol for the actual toxic scientifically proven poison that it is?

    We have 195 countries telling us with numerous studies to back this statement now – THERE IS NO SAFE LEVEL OR HEALTH BENEFIT WHEN IT COMES TO ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION.
    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/alcohol-drinking-no-safe-level-health-heart-disease-cancer-study-a8505181.html

    Let us not blame the politicians or those that love their alcohol or those that profit from this industry. Let us turn it around and take a look at WHY we need to consume alcohol and why are we using a poison to harm our body?

  5. The Conversation – 8th December 2021

    Alcohol Deaths Up Almost 19% During the Pandemic – the Greatest Increase Since 2001

    https://theconversation.com/alcohol-deaths-up-almost-19-during-the-pandemic-the-greatest-increase-since-2001-170972

    Deaths from alcohol in 2020 were up almost 19% compared with the previous year, according to the latest figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). In total, 8,974 deaths resulting from alcohol misuse were recorded in the UK in 2020. This is the largest single-year increase since the ONS started collecting this data in 2001.

    As in previous years, there were significant gender differences: twice as many men as women died as a result of alcohol.
    The highest number of alcohol-specific deaths were recorded in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
    In England, the West Midlands and South West reported the highest increases in rates.

    The pandemic, and associated lockdowns caused many people’s relationship with alcohol to change. Although overall sales fell during 2020 due to pub and restaurant closures, there was a significant rise in supermarket sales of alcohol. And while some people may have drunk the same or less than they normally would have, reports from Public Health England show an almost 59% increase in people who said they were drinking at higher risk levels – around 50 units of alcohol a week for men and 35 units a week for women. These levels of consumption are linked with a range of conditions, including cancers, heart disease and liver failure.

    Many people began drinking strong forms of alcohol (such as wines or spirits) during the pandemic which are also linked to a greater risk of developing health problems such as cancer, coronary heart disease and psychological dependence.

    There are many complex reasons why the pandemic may have changed our relationship with alcohol. Of particular concern is the impact the pandemic has had on mental health, with some even attributing increases in alcohol consumption to experiences of loneliness, depression and anxiety.

    Previous research shows that people with common mental health disorders are twice as likely to report an alcohol use disorder than those without. While many people have used alcohol during the pandemic to cope with poor mental health, this short term relief could lead to longer-term risks to both mental and physical health.

    The number of people receiving specialist alcohol treatment has been in decline since 2014 – though there has been no less demand for treatment. But significant budget cuts in recent years have meant that specialist services are less equipped to provide help to those who need it.

    Alcohol is recognised as putting substantial pressure on the NHS. But, even in the government’s latest ten-year drug strategy – which has pledged £780 million in specialist treatment for drug problems – there are no plans to update dedicated treatment strategies for alcohol problems.

    There are no quick fixes when it comes to reversing the rise in harm that alcohol is causing, including fatalities.
    While Scotland, for example, has introduced minimum unit pricing for alcohol to reduce harm, there is currently no evidence that it has reduced alcohol-specific deaths despite reducing consumption. This is why there is currently a campaign to reduce the stigma associated with problem alcohol use, which is recognised to play an important role in seeking help.

    The ONS data also showed that those living in the most deprived areas are three times more likely to suffer alcohol harm (including deaths) compared to those living in the most affluent areas. Tackling wider issues of inequality – such as poverty, education, housing and unemployment – are critical in reducing both the uptake in risky levels of alcohol consumption as well as the fatal outcomes this yields.

    This article states that overall sales of alcohol fell but supermarket sales rose significantly. This was due to pubs and restaurants being closed which means that we were drinking at home which means that we would be less likely to stop drinking when pubs and restaurants would normally close plus the added bonus of not having to pay for your drinks at the bar would probably give us the mindset that it was cheaper, so we carry on drinking.

    The pandemic and the lockdowns that followed have been and are being blamed for many of our highlighted problems.

    It is very easy to put everything down to mental health issues but is it possible that, with regard to the increase in alcohol related deaths, this is nothing more than our inability to deal with life and what life puts our way?

    What I mean by this is everything we do in life always comes down to the choices we make.

    We can choose to let the pandemic and the lockdowns affect us in a way that leads us to our next bottle of wine or whiskey, or we can choose to deal with what is in front of us without the need for checking out and numbing ourselves with a harm-full substance.

    I know the feeling of wanting to unburden myself with all of what life was throwing at me.

    I couldn’t wait for my days off work so I could have a drink and not care about my life or anyone around me or the world. But my life would always come screaming back to me the next day.

    Yes, a 19% increase in alcohol-related deaths is a shocking figure but at what point do we take responsibility for ourselves?

  6. Its that month again – some of us dread and some of us are up for this challenge or at least want to give it a go. DRY JANUARY.

    The article gives us a presentation with some valid questions to consider.

    Simple Living Global have posted on their Social Media platform Twitter some stats taken from Alcohol Change UK
    https://alcoholchange.org.uk/get-involved/campaigns/dry-january

    86% SAVE MONEY
    70% HAVE BETTER SLEEP
    66% HAVE MORE ENERGY

    If we ADD to this from the same website real life testimonials –

    “My appetite was poor, my anxiety was through the roof and my blood sugars were high. The benefits of Dry January have changed my life and it is like a light bulb has been switched on”.

    “Alcohol for me can so often be used as a social thing that soon becomes part of stress relief. With a recent prostate cancer diagnosis this has made me re-evaluate a big portion of my lifestyle choices..”

    “..My sleeping improved and instead of nursing a hangover, feeling rough and being unable to move, I actually got on with those little jobs around the house..”

    “I have struggled with anxiety, depression, lack of motivation and fatigue for a long, long time now. Since staying sober, I have slept amazingly every night..”

    “After drinking heavily over Xmas for two solid weeks, my appetite was poor, my anxiety was through the roof and my blood sugars were high (I am a type 1 diabetic). Dry January was not easy but the benefits have changed my life..”

    “..This is the longest period of time I have not drunk alcohol for almost 20 years and it has given me the time and space to consider the role alcohol has played in my life..”

    “The biggest noticeable benefit for me was my sleep. I have been sleeping better than I have in a long time..”

    This article on Alcohol Awareness gives us a global report card on what is going on around our world with this toxic poison so many of us consume – ALCOHOL.

    Those that are waking up and making the choice to stop drinking alcohol for one month are sharing the benefits and these quotes above are not to be negated or dismissed. This is real life, they call it anecdotal evidence and for those that don’t know, science and those that profess to know and have more intelligence than the rest of us, generally dismiss and discount it, simply because it is coming from a person and what if they are not accurate and are not under the microscope in a lab or double blind tested with a hypothesis to start with etc., etc.,

    Enough said. Our world has a serious 911 when it comes to alcohol addiction and it is an enormous strain on our human body and the health systems.

    Nothing has worked and we can keep asking for more research until we get to the point we have with cigarette smoking – hundreds of years later where we now admit it is harmfull and there are zero, yes ZERO benefits to smoking.

    Are some of us getting to this realisation with alcohol and will this support those that continue to seek alcohol as a prop in life to dull, numb, bludgeon their body and alter the natural state of who and what we truly are?

    We have the evidence, these people speak for ALL of us and there are millions that know what alcohol does, like the author of this comment, this article and this website.

    WHY are we not interested, open or willing to listen to them?

    That would be a great question to start with?

    Without having ALCOHOL AWARENESS we lack the understanding and without knowing the facts and the stats, we may not be aware of how huge the problem is. Learn more about alcohol in our post on this website called THE REAL TRUTH ABOUT ALCOHOL then read the 250+ comments which ADD more ‘evidence’ – let’s call it ‘confirmation’ about what alcohol is doing to the human frame, those around us and society as a whole.

    https://simplelivingglobal.com/the-real-truth-about-alcohol/

    Simple Living Global are leaders in topics like Alcohol. We bring to the people about what the people (and that means ALL of us) are creating in life today and report on it without any need to convert, preach or teach. We say it as it is, present it all in a way that is SIMPLE and that means we all get it. No fancy talk and no sounding like we are up there with the current specialised intelligensia that the world subscribes to.

  7. World Heart Federation – 20 January 2022

    https://world-heart-federation.org/news/no-amount-of-alcohol-is-good-for-the-heart-says-world-heart-federation/

    THE IMPACT OF ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION ON CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH

    In a new policy brief, the World Heart Federation (WHF) is challenging the widespread notion that drinking moderate amounts of alcohol can decrease the risk of heart disease and they are calling for urgent and decisive action to tackle the unprecedented rise in alcohol-related deaths and disability worldwide.

    2.4 million people died in 2019 because of alcohol, which accounts for 4.2% of all deaths globally and 12.6% of deaths in men aged 15 to 49.

    ALCOHOL IS A PSYCHOACTIVE AND HARMFUL SUBSTANCE THAT CAN CAUSE SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO THE HUMAN BODY.

    Alcohol consumption is a major avoidable risk factor for non-communicable diseases, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, digestive diseases and intentional and unintentional injuries and for several infectious diseases.

    The evidence is now clear – any level of alcohol consumption affects our health.
    Studies have shown that even small amounts of alcohol can increase a person’s risk of cardiovascular disease, including coronary disease, stroke, heart failure, hypertensive heart disease, cardiomyopathy, atrial fibrillation and aneurysm.

    “The portrayal of alcohol as necessary for a vibrant social life has diverted attention from the harms of alcohol use, as have the frequent and widely publicised claims that moderate drinking, such as a glass of red wine a day, can offer protection against cardiovascular disease. These claims are at best mis-informed and at worse, an attempt by the alcohol industry to mislead the public about the danger of their product”.
    Monica Arora – Member of the WHF Advocacy Committee and Co-Author of the brief.

    The economic and social costs of alcohol are also significant: they include the cost to health systems, out of pocket expenditure, productivity losses and the increased risk of violence, homelessness and criminal activity.

    Dear World

    Is this enough or do we want to continue and ignore this brief from the WORLD HEART FEDERATION.

    The writing is on the wall, so to speak and we all know, yes we do.

    We can continue to bludgeon ourselves and live in the illusion that alcohol is not harming us, even if the rest of the world is affected or we can wake up now as time is up and the leading world authorities like the World Heart Federation are telling us – spelling it out. What more could we need or want when it is super clear and simple.

    If we are still in any doubt, read this article and add up all the research studies, then go to our blog called THE REAL TRUTH ABOUT ALCOHOL and there can be no doubt unless we go blind, stop reading and ignore what is in front of us on the screen.

    https://simplelivingglobal.com/the-real-truth-about-alcohol/

    Alcohol is a scientific proven poison and it has been killing us for centuries.

    How much longer do we want this to continue – where is our own Responsibility?

  8. Oxford Population Health – 20 January 2022

    https://www.ndph.ox.ac.uk/news/new-genetic-study-confirms-that-alcohol-is-a-direct-cause-of-cancer

    NEW GENETIC STUDY CONFIRMS THAT ALCOHOL IS A DIRECT CAUSE OF CANCER

    New data from a LARGE SCALE study led by Oxford Population Health confirms that alcohol directly causes cancer. The results were published in the International Journal of Cancer.

    3 million deaths each year worldwide from Alcohol, including over 400,000 deaths from cancer.

    Alcohol consumption is rising, particularly in rapidly developing countries like China. There is an urgent need to understand how Alcohol affects disease risks in different populations.

    Evidence from Western countries already strongly indicates that alcohol is a direct cause of cancer in the head, neck, oesophagus, liver, colon and breast.

    This comment is to ADD another study about Alcohol Awareness.

    The detail of this study is interesting and will be covered in our forthcoming book in the future – THE REAL TRUTH ABOUT ALCOHOL.

    Dear World

    How serious is it to know that alcohol is a direct cause of cancer?

    Without understanding, without the awareness, we seem to blindly continue with our ill habits that are literally killing us.

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