Updated: Apr 10
“Never let the things you cannot do prevent you from doing the things you can.” — John Wooden
I kept my head buried when I was drinking - knowing I was doing harm to my body, but not wanting to know exactly what would happen. Luckily I got help -- first detox, then rehab and now the 12 Step recovery program.
I've lost friends from this disease. Alcoholism and addiction lead to three things: prison, psychiatric wards ... or death.
From the National Library of Medicine - "...alcohol consumption significantly contributes to the burden of chronic diseases and conditions globally, and that this burden should be a target for intervention."
Chronic Diseases and Conditions Related to Alcohol Use listed in the 2005 Global Burden of Disease (GBD) Study:
Nasopharynx cancer and other pharynx cancers
Colon and rectum cancers
Trachea, bronchus, and lung cancers
Breast cancer (women only)
Kidney and other urinary organ cancers
Mental and behavioral disorders
Unipolar depressive disorders
Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias
To sum it up -
Heavy alcohol use is linked to many forms of cancers.
Alcohol can kill liver cells, and lead to scarring called cirrhosis.
Alcohol abusers may have a higher chance of dying from heart disease.
So, drinking alcohol is not "good for your health" as we often hear advertised. Makes me wonder who's behind the campaign. Just guessing -- could it be the alcohol industry?