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Does Alcohol Use Cause Health Problems and Higher Death Rates?


Do you have a problem with drinking? Not every individual person who opens a bottle of wine has a problem drinking, but many people often fall into a continuity of alcohol use throughout their lives.


An increase in booze use and other issues linked with it is usually progressive. Nobody begins having problems with alcohol or ends up being an alcoholic right after their first drink.


Studies show that the chances of becoming an alcoholic run in families – the tendency to become addictive to alcohol, drugs and all the other things that people can become addictive to. Presently, those who have done research in this area believe there is a mutative gene that can lead to the addiction. In one case, a father of a family was addicted to running, and he had a father who was an alcoholic. His young son has an addood, and his daughter had problems with alcohol. So, you can see how addictions run in families.

Another family

Another father in another family was addicted to alcohol. It ended up causing him health problems but that did not matter to him – he died when he was in his early 40s. I knew his only child for most of my life. She was addicted to some medications – especially the drugs that are in the group of benzodiazepines (Valium, Xanax, Klonopin, Lorazepam) and for most of her life, these drugs have been her drugs of choice. I haven’t seen her in the last 3 to 4 years but if I were to offer a Valium or Xanax to her, she would not turn it down.

When I worked for the police department, I had a friend who drank every night after his shift was over, knowing that if he got a DWI or DUI, his job would be over. Regardless, in those years I knew him, he drank heavily without a thought for his health, driving, or the jeopardy that he was putting his family in. Eventually, he got stopped and got a DWI and his career was over. He died not long after from liver problems.

Health problems

It is no secret that excessive drinking can cause major health problems, including cirrhosis of the liver and injuries often sustained in car accidents. But if you believe that liver problems and car accidents are the only health risks caused by drinking, think again. Researchers have linked alcohol drinking to more than 60 diseases. Over time, excessive alcohol use could lead to the development of chronic diseases such as:

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Digestive problems
  • Liver disease
  • Cancer of mouth, breast, throat, esophagus, colon, and liver

However, quitting drinking is much easier said than done. Those who are addicted to drinking will need to have help to stop drinking. But it needs to be done because in most cases, health problems will lead often to early death.

Article Submitted by Community Writer.

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