Here are some sobering statistics about excessive drinking.
There are roughly 80,000 deaths attributable to excessive alcohol each year in the US, making it the third leading lifestyle-related cause of death. Alcohol use is responsible for about 30 years of potential life lost for each death. In 2006 there were more than 1.2 million emergency room visits and 2.7 million physician office visits due to excessive drinking. And the economic costs of excessive alcohol consumption in 2006 were estimated at $223.5 billion.
Drinking can exact an enormous cost on your health, too. Over time, excessive alcohol use can lead to the development of chronic diseases, neurological impairments and social problems.
Alcohol can cause:
That’s the bad news, but keep in mind that we’re talking about excessive alcohol use.
Now here’s the good news.
Abundant research has shown that moderate alcohol consumption can have a positive influence on your physical and mental health: reduced stress, greater cardiovascular health, higher levels of “good” HDL cholesterol and lower levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol, less risk of developing type 2 diabetes, even a longer life span.
April is Alcohol Awareness Month, which makes this a perfect time to seek help and support. If you or someone you know has a serious alcohol or substance abuse problem, please call our Detox Unit directly at 718.250.8900.ShareThis