Each year in the world, 3.3 million people lose their lives due to alcohol abuse. Each minute six people die. Immoderate intake of alcohol is the third largest cause of illness and disability. Alcoholism, therefore, is a problem to which no one should be indifferent.
Alcohol abuse and the problems that arise from it vary, depending on the region of the world, but in most countries the relationship between alcohol and illnesses and deaths is very high. Alcohol is the cause of 60 types of diseases and is responsible for almost 4% of all deaths in the world. This is higher than the number of deaths caused by HIV/AIDS, violence, or tuberculosis. Alcohol abuse is also connected to many social problems, such as violence, neglect, child abuse, and workplace absence.
The Destruction of the Individual and the Community
According to medical opinion, alcohol has a negative effect on all human organs. It has a particularly toxic effect on the nervous, digestive, cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, and endocrine systems. To a certain extent, alcohol also weakens the immune system and increases the risk of cancer.
Addiction occurs gradually and often unnoticed. Many people do not realize that they have fallen into addiction until it is too late. Like a well-known refrain, addicts claim in their testimonies: “I was convinced that I could quit any time I wanted.”