Alcohol and health
According to Statista Research Department in 2020, the global market size of alcoholic beverages amounted to over 1.49 trillion U.S. dollar. Statista Consumer Market Outlook estimates that by 2025 the global market size of alcoholic beverages will increase to over 2.2 trillion U.S. dollars. However, this growing industry accounts for many millions of deaths in a year.
According to the World Health Organization Alcohol consumption contributes to 3 million deaths each year globally as well as to the disabilities and poor health of millions of people. Overall, harmful use of alcohol is responsible for 5.1% of the global burden of disease. Harmful use of alcohol is accountable for 7.1% and 2.2% of the global burden of disease for males and females respectively. Alcohol is the leading risk factor for premature mortality and disability among those aged 15 to 49 years, accounting for 10 percent of all deaths in this age group.
These stats should put off anyone addicted to alcohol, unfortunately it is not as easy as that . Alcohol gives a ‘feel good’ feeling that we all crave for, regrettable people can’t stop drinking to achieve this high. Most alcohol users are aware of the dangers involved in alcohol consumption.
Alcohol abuse can lead to liver problems, inflammation of the pancreas, malnutrition, infertility to name but a few. These situations are life threatening and must be treated with all the respect it deserves. Governments should lead the charge of fighting alcoholism in our society through laws and awareness campaigns. Parents and teachers should instill discipline in children.
If you are an alcoholic, don’t hide and condemn yourself. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a step, overcoming every addiction is tough but don’t beat yourself up. It’s is possible, talk to your doctor or a specialist. You are not beyond redemption!