Booze Killing 25 A Day

Posted on December 1, 2011

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Alcohol is one of Scotland’s biggest problems with 25 people dying each week due to alcohol and alcohol related illnesses.

Last year alcohol claimed the lives of 22680 people in Scotland, with an average of four people visiting Accident and Emergency every hour. Alcohol can cause a wide variety of physical, mental and social problems.

“Alcohol can lead to depression, low self esteem, suicidal ideas, and hallucinations [delirium tremens]” says Gartnavel Royal nurse Margaret Fitzpatrick, “it also causes physical problems such as a lack of apatite, stomach ulcers, internal bleeding because the blood doesn’t clot properly and the alcohol will erode the blood vessels, rectal bleeding, liver cirrhoses, and heart failure.”

Alcohol causes people to become vulnerable, especially women, and affects judgement and reasoning which can lead to rape and unprotected sex which causes diseases and unwanted pregnancy. It can also cause people to lose their jobs, friends and family due to being reliant on alcohol.

Some people however can turn their lives around and get their life back on track, but unfortunately not everyone has the willpower and end up falling into a worse off state. According to Drinkaware.co.uk “An estimated 17 million working days are lost each year due to people missing work due to the effects of alcohol. More than one in 25 adults are dependent on alcohol, and the UK has one of the highest rates of binge drinking in Europe”

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