Alcohol use:death, disability

Alcohol use:death, disability
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Alcohol Use:Death, Disability. Prevention Can't Be Regulated By Health Care Policy Makers.

Canada: Researchers have shown that alcohol abuse severely impacts health of addicts,with significant risks, and minimum benefits has been linked to death and disability.Disorders related to the abuse of alcohol contribute significantly to the burden of disease in the US, finds a new study in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.

Alcohol Use:Death, Disability
Science Daily reports that about 53,000 men and 12,000 women died from issues related to alcohol use disorders as estimated by researchers in 2005
The results of the meta-analysis (a statistical analysis) were surprising, said lead author Jurgen Rehm, Ph.D., director of social and epidemiological research at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health at the University of Toronto in Canada.
"We had done meta-analyses on alcohol use disorders before and knew it would be higher than previous literature, but we did not expect the burden for disease to be so high," added Rehm.
Reducing burden of alcohol use disorders on society needs to have a multi-pronged approach, said Rehm, and prevention can't be regulated by health care policy makers.
"There needs to be restrictions on the availability of alcohol. Increases in taxation or ban on advertisements are not part of health care, and this is part of the problem," Rehm added.
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