Alcohol-related deaths have doubled in the past 20 years. That statistic should be shocking to people. Why has alcohol become such a deadly force in the 21st century? Alcohol Use Disorder kills 1 out of every 10 adults age 20 to 64, making alcoholism more deadly than automobile crashes, opioid abuse, and gun violence combined.
Alcohol kills. Yes, it really does. But it’s often a slow and very complex decline and the ‘cherry on the cake’ of already blighted lives. This UK research study into Assessment Reviews of people who died from alcohol shows how complex it is. We must learn to stop stigmatising. First, we stop stigmatising ourselves: so
Are we asking for trouble? Do we have a button to self destruct?Or have we been mis-sold alcohol’s construct? We were told it’s a drink that’s social and the height of sophistication Not that we’d want to use it for self medication. So who’s to blame?We shouldn’t feel shame We weren’t told the whole truth About it’s use.
One of the reasons that many people are afraid to stop drinking, or accept that they should cut down rather than quit cold turkey, is that they have heard that if they drink habitually they could quite literally die without a drink. For people who are physically dependent on alcohol, not drinking can be dangerous.