10 Reasons Alcohol Could Be the Deadliest Drug There Is

Despite denials (and marketing) to the contrary, there’s no doubt about it! The most dangerous and deadly drug is still the most advertised, the most popular, the most accessible, and the most legal. Alcohol! And due to the deadly combo—legal, marketing and easy availability—stats show that there are way more drinkers than users of any other kind of drug.

Researchers have analyzed how addictive certain drugs are, their effects and the ways they harm the human body. They also studied other factors, like environmental damage caused by drugs, their role in ruining lives, breaking-up families and the direct and indirect economic costs such as health care, social services and prison.

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Undisputedly, alcohol outranked all other drugs. Followed by heroin, crack cocaine, opioids, marijuana, ecstasy and LSD. It’s a statistical fact! Alcohol kills more people than all drugs combined. While the clichéd “War on Drugs” usually spotlights drugs like heroin and cocaine, it fails to mention that alcohol contributes to 100,000 deaths per year. All other drugs combine to contribute to 20,000 deaths per year.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) alcohol is the third leading lifestyle-related cause of death for people living in the USA. An estimated 76 million people in the world have some form of alcohol dependency and 10 percent of Americans have an alcohol problem.

Recent stats show that alcohol is responsible for 32 percent of traffic deaths, 50 percent of homicides, 40 percent of assaults and 68 per cent of trauma center visits.

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1. Health risks

People who drink heavily have a greater risk of, especially, liver disease. Alcohol also creates other bad health problems and can lead to death. Heart disease (high blood pressure, heart failure, strokes). High blood fats/triglycerides. Bleeding from the stomach. Several types of cancers, like liver, breast, mouth, esophagus and throat cancer. Depression. Sleep disorders. And sexually transmitted infections.

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2. Killing the liver

By far the highest number of alcohol-related deaths come from some form of liver disease. Alcohol is cruel because it kills people slowly. Most alcohol related deaths caused by liver problems happen after years of alcohol use. Most of the time, alcohol leads to three common types of liver problems: Alcohol Hepatitis causes the liver to swell and become damaged. Up to 35 percent of heavy drinkers develop alcoholic hepatitis. Alcoholic Cirrhosis is the scaring of the liver which leads to poor liver function. It is the last stage of chronic liver disease. Fatty Liver Disease is the build-up of extra fat in liver cells.

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