Alcohol Awareness Education Can Save Lives

by: Mike Miller

This is a series of blogs addressing the of dangers alcohol. In an effort to articulate the risks accurately, we will look at real-life scenarios.

The terrifying fact is that if you use alcohol regularly you are increasing the likelihood of dying from an alcohol-related problem. Almost 7,000 people per day die when alcohol is a factor. As reported in

The World Health Organization (WHO) has published more reports and statistics than you can imagine, to help illustrate the risks connected with alcohol, yet, more and more people are dying each year from alcohol-related causes.

In 2005, WHO statistics showed that alcohol consumption for people aged 15 years or older, was 6.13 liters of pure alcohol. They also reported that, most people do not drink. In fact, almost half of all men and two-thirds of women in 2005 did not consume alcohol.

Do you find this figure surprising? Does it relate to your experience? In my experience, most people drink, at least socially, many more are covert drinkers, and others are alcoholics.

Alcohol dependency will shorten your life. One expert estimates that people who are dependent on alcohol live about 10 years less than those who do not abuse alcohol.

A large portion of alcohol related deaths and disabilities are in the young and middle ages rather than older folks. The majority of deaths occur below the age of 60. This implies that many of the 2.5 million deaths could be considered premature.

We will continue to look at the dangers of alcohol in the next blog here at