In 2005, the World Health Organization published a comprehensive summary of the world’s social burdens that result from alcohol abuse. The list was long and the conditions suffered in greater proportion by alcohol consumers were serious and often life-threatening.
Overall, the WHO reported that 4 percent of disease and 3.2 percent of all deaths around the world were attributed to alcohol. In developed countries, alcohol was the third most common risk to health.
There is every reason to eliminate alcohol dependence or abuse and no reason to allow it to go on. Narconon is an international organization dedicated to the elimination of addiction to both alcohol and drugs. Narconon offers drug rehabilitation and drug education at its more than 100 centers around the world.
The list of the conditions stated by the WHO as being caused by or worsened by alcohol abuse, dependence or addiction:
Cancers of the mouth (lip, tongue), pharynx, larynx, esophagus, stomach, colon, ovaries and liver.
Cardiac arrhythmias and heart failure.
Hypertension (especially related to heavy drinking).
Haemorrhagic stroke even at low levels of drinking.
Prenatal exposure results in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders including physical deformities and mental retardation.
Spontaneous abortion, low birth weight and prematurity.
Injury due to falls, fires or traffic accidents.
Injury from alcohol-related violence or sexual assault.
Risky sexual behavior resulting in sexually transmitted disease or unwanted pregnancy.
Additionally, some studies show a causal relationship to female breast cancer.
Around the world, people in nearly every country are experiencing harm from the abuse of alcohol. Simply eliminating the compulsion to drink would save more than a million lives every year and even more serious health conditions that don’t result in death.
But what is needed to alleviate these ills is an effective alcohol rehabilitation program, one that results in long-term sobriety after completion. Unfortunately, the stated success rate for many drug or alcohol rehabs is only 10 to 20 percent.
The Narconon program administered in recovery centers around the world enables seven out of ten graduates to stay clean and sober after they go home. With that much success, many of these injuries, illnesses and causes of death don’t have to be the fate of those who were formerly addicted to beer, wine, whiskey, vodka and other types of hard liquor.
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