Consummation of alcohol doesn’t have any benefits for the human health. The only exception is red wine. Doctors agree that one glass of red wine every day may prevent blood and heart related health problems. Other types or amounts of alcohol aren’t proven to be healthy.
Alcoholics and heavy drinkers are most likely to suffer from alcohol poisoning. Every year, there are about 50,000 cases of alcohol poisoning in the United States (US).
Alcohol poisoning is a very serious issue, although many don’t think it deserves so much attention. This is a medical condition when there is so much alcohol in the blood that it starts to affect normal function of the brain. Alcohol poisoning might be acute, when it’s caused by drinking large amounts of alcohol over a short period of time. Effect of alcohol may be predicted. Speed of consummation, food that we eat while drinking, age, gender, usual consummation of alcoholic drinks affect metabolism of alcohol in the body and cause amount of alcohol in the blood.
People that drank too much and poison themselves with alcohol often experience nausea, vomiting, pale skin, mental problems, such as poor reflexes and confusion, breathing problems and sometimes seizures. If left medically unattended alcohol poisoning might lead to death.
Every year 1.8 million of people worldwide die from alcohol abuse, and many of these people had alcohol poisoning. In the US only, there are more than 900 new alcohol poisoning cases every week, mainly in college population. College students are also the group of people with the highest rate of alcohol problems – there are more than 150.000 of them diagnosed with alcohol related health issue.
Another problematic group is binge drinkers. Sometimes, teenagers take extreme amounts of alcohol, which frequently cause alcohol poisoning. There are 2.6 million of US teenagers, age 12 to 17, evaluated as binge drinkers. Statistics reveal that every day brings additional 13.000 teenager drinkers.
Consequences of Alcohol Poisoning
Many deaths caused by alcohol poisoning often remain undiagnosed, but every week one person dies in the US because of this condition. People often drink and drive, causing many fatal accidents. In 39% of all car accidents recorded in the US, causes were alcohol consumption, poor reflexes and alcohol poisoning.
Abuse of alcohol might be one of the most important issues of the modern world. It can and should be prevented, since it can cause so many harmful and not a single one good effect.