Alcohol-Related Accidents

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So many people have needlessly been involved in unnecessary car accidents due to binge drinking. Alcohol impairs our thoughts and actions which makes operating a vehicles quite dangerous, and not just for you, but for anyone who has the misfortune of being your passenger or crossing your path on the street. The slightest mistake by an intoxicated drive changes the lives of their victims forever, yet some show no remorse for their heinous actions.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – “About 30 people die daily in the United States in alcohol related car crashes. Also, more than $59 billion are spent yearly in alcohol related crashes. This money could well be save and use to better our lives if alcohol is made illegal.”
Although the majority of alcohol-related accidents occur while operating an automobile, there are many other accidents which can happen because of poor judgement while being blackout drunk. Blackouts are one of the scariest effects of alcohol abuse because the inebriated person most likely hasn’t the slightest idea of the danger they (or a bystander) could be in.

Alcohol-Related Overdoses

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6 people have been killed each day from alcohol poisoning in the United States between the years of 2010 and 2012. Caused by overconsumption of alcohol, alcohol poisoning can occur in a very short amount of time, especially when hard liquor is involved.
Drinking alcohol in excess can lead to serious health concerns, such as; respiratory constriction,fluctuation of internal body temperature, anderratic heart rate – ultimately resulting in death.
Alcohol overdoses mostly affect middle-aged adults and men, although, people of any age who partake in the risky act of bingeing can fall victim to this legally distributed poison.

Death Facts of Alcohol-Overdose

  • 35 to 64-year-old adults are mostly affected.
  • Males die more often than females.
  • Alaska, with the majority of alcohol poisoning deaths per million citizens, has the most alcohol poisonings while Alabama citizens have the least.
  • Alcoholism (or alcohol dependency) is a factor in 30% of all alcohol-related poisoning deaths.

Alcohol-Related Diseases

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Overindulging on just about anything can be detrimental to your overall health, but nothing quite like alcohol. Prolonged consumption of large quantities of this legal poison can prove to be extremely tough on the human body, and many of these conditions are unfortunately irreversible. The best way to protect yourself from the many diseases associated with alcohol isn’t difficult, so long as you don’t overdo it and drink only in moderation.

Health Complications Due to Alcohol

  • Acute intoxication
  • Dependence syndrome
  • Withdrawal state with delirium
  • Psychotic disorder
  • Amnesic syndrome
  • Residual and late-onset psychotic disorder
  • Degeneration of nervous system attributed to alcohol
  • Alcoholic polyneuropathy
  • Alcoholic myopathy
  • Alcoholic cardiomyopathy
  • Alcoholic gastritis
  • Alcoholic liver disease
  • Alcoholic fatty liver
  • Alcoholic hepatitis
  • Alcoholic fibrosis and sclerosis of liver
  • Alcoholic cirrhosis of liver
  • Alcoholic hepatic failure
  • Alcohol-induced acute pancreatitis
  • Alcohol-induced chronic pancreatitis
  • Fetus and newborn affected by maternal use of alcohol
  • Fetal alcohol syndrome (dysmorphic)

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This guest blog was written by Curtis Boyd for the Law Office of Douglas Herring