Center for Disease Control: Alcohol Kills 1 in 10 Americans

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As an advocate for cannabis legalization, we often times cite that alcohol is much more dangerous than cannabis will ever be, and cannabis is in fact is not dangerous at all by comparison. Sometimes we’ll even hear from some members of the population during the course of our work that “alcohol should be made illegal” because they’ve known family, friends or acquaintances who have succumbed to alcohol-related injuries — either through drinking too much and getting sick or abusing others or just straight up wrecking vehicles into others seriously maiming and/or killing them.

Our country tried prohibiting alcohol already and guess what — it failed miserably. However, we are in a strange situation these days because though legal, the less safe choice of alcohol (compared to abstinence or cannabis consumption) kills 1 in every 10 Americans, not simply through car accidents and cirrhosis of the liver as we are culturally led to believe (though they are highly ranked causes). The aforementioned are only the tip of the iceberg, it seems.

According to the the findings that were published in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease, many of the deaths or injuries have to do with the combination of alcohol and activities as well as organ failure aside from affecting just the liver.  Other conditions that contribute to death: acute pancreatitis, psychosis, esophageal cancer, breast cancer, oral cancer, falling injuries, suicide and drowning.

Since alcohol can affect coordination, celebratory activities that people like to combine with becoming intoxicated can greatly influence them to fall off of boats, buildings, and simply tripping over themselves causing serious injury. And because alcohol is also a depressant, people are more likely to commit suicide under the influence. If a person is already under the care of a psychiatrist and taking benzodiazepines, mixing alcohol into the equation can also suppress respiratory function to terminal effect. In essence, death from suffocation.

All that being said, the point of this article is not to tell people not to drink or be abstinent. At Ladybud Magazine, it is not our job to tell readers what to do with their own lives. However, we encourage responsible use with all kinds of drugs, especially alcohol. Moderation is key here, as with anything, and if there are recovering alcoholics reading this that choose to stay on the straight and narrow by staying away completely from alcohol, we respect that. However, know if anyone else chooses to drink, perhaps consuming few and not to excess is a reasonable plan — both for the short and long term.

MSN Healthy Living
Photo: Michele Ursino