Alcohol Still Severely Under Moderated

Just in case you needed another reason to not want to drink ever again, a recent study revealing that alcohol death rates are higher than HIV/AIDS deaths, violence and tuberculous combined, might convince you to stop drinking, even if you are already addicted to alcohol.

These findings shed light on a worldwide problem that needs to be addressed – the fact that alcoholism kills more people annually than some of the problems mentioned above, shows that action needs to be taken in order to decrease the amount of alcohol addictions, and increase the number of people that go to receive treatment for excessive alcohol use.

The study, done by the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development, stated that “harmful drinking is on the rise among young people and women.” In fact, about 43% of boys who are 15 or younger have already been drunk and/or abused alcohol at least once in their lives.

The average American consumes 100 bottles of wine per year, but the United States were not the ones to blame for the huge contribution to the rising death rates due to alcohol. Estonia came out on top as the country who had the highest alcohol consumption per capita, by each person drinking about 3.25 gallons of alcohol per year. The next highest contributors to annual alcohol consumption were Austria, France, Ireland and Czech Republic.

While France is not among the top 5 countries who have the highest alcohol consumption per capita, that does not mean that they have not had their fair share of problems regarding alcohol consumption among citizens. Between 2010 and 2013 alone, the number of people being admitted to the hospital for binge drinking rose 30%. As a way to combat this rising rate, they created a new law that deemed binge drinking punishable by a large fine or up to one year in jail.

Hopefully, other countries can take a note out of France’s handbook and institute similar policies aimed at protecting people from binge drinking to the point of harming themselves.

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