Alcohol and Health

If alcohol was discovered today, it is very likely that it would be classified as a Class A drug. In 2011/12 in the United Kingdom, there were 200,900 admissions to hospital where the primary diagnosis was attributable to the consumption of alcohol and 1,220,300 admissions where an alcohol-related disease, injury or condition was the primary reason for hospital admission or a secondary diagnosis.

It is well-known that alcohol is a factor in a large number of crimes every year, many of these violent crimes including murder and rape.

It costs British business in terms of days lost from work and the total bill to the UK of all alcohol issues is estimated at £6billion a year.

As an individual the risk of excessive alcohol consumption is to your brain, liver, pancreas, stomach, bowels, bladder and heart. Apart from these physical risks, many people who drink large amounts find themselves having relationship difficulties, financial issues, problems at work and, sometimes, problems with the law.

Alcohol is one of the most addictive substances on the planet and, if you do get into difficulty with it, overcoming the problem is as hard as overcoming any addiction and harder than many. Coming off alcohol is also dangerous and you can die from withdrawal symptoms if you attempt to stop without medical assistance. This level of danger is not the same for most other drugs including heroin.

For this reason, no person should ever attempt to stop drinking if they find that they start to experience physical withdrawal symptoms when they try. They must seek medical help.