Is An Alcohol Buzz Worth The High Price?

By Moureen N

There is very little attention paid to alcoholic drinks’ possible role as a cause of mortality because of the widespread social acceptance of these beverages. Because of how ingrained the practice is in our culture, some people could find it odd if you don’t drink while they’re in specific situations. On the weekends, people often “let loose” and consume large amounts of alcohol without giving it much attention. “It doesn’t even make a difference.” I’m not an everyday drinker.

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When you’re in college, binge drinking might seem like a fun way to spend your time, but it’s important to be aware of the risks that are hiding just below the surface. If you are just starting in college and give in to the peer pressure to engage in binge drinking, you may be unaware of the potential implications of doing so. However, extra care is required since drinking too much alcohol may have catastrophic repercussions on one’s health and, in the most severe circumstances, can even be deadly.

The total death toll caused by alcohol usage grew from 35,914 in 1990 to 72,558 in 2016, representing a rate rise of 100.9 percent from 16.9 per 100,000 to 25.5 per 100,000 (16+-year-olds). This increase occurred within the same period. There have been 944,880 deaths that have been linked to drinking excessive amounts of alcohol. Liver disease was responsible for one-third of these deaths, while alcohol or drug overdoses were responsible for the other third (17.9 percent). Because deaths caused by alcoholic liver disease (also known as cirrhosis) are not often stunning or unexpected, the media hardly ever cover them. This reality does not, in any way, lessen the value of the event to the person or to those others who care about them.

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Because deaths caused by alcohol-related liver disease are preventable, the study advocates adopting steps to limit problem drinking. These steps include raising taxes on alcohol and setting a minimum price for it, as well as lowering the marketing and promotion of alcohol. According to the findings of the study, there were significantly fewer deaths associated with higher alcohol prices.