Report On Alcohol Indulgence In Canada

Report On Alcohol Indulgence In CanadaWith all the beer, whisky, brandy and scotch commercials around the world, one may be forgiven to think that may people are dependent  on alcohol. Contrary to what beer commercials seem to indicate, many people around the world are actually keeping off alcohol. However, the same cannot be concluded for Canadians, who are  taking beer on behalf of the rest of the world.

Canadians drink more than 50 percent above the world average as shown by a study which was conducted by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Honestly, this is not time to be celebrating with drinks; you don’t want to be a burden of disease and injury. Alcohol is rated the third leading cause of disease and injury burden.

According to Dr. Jurgen Rehm, the author of Social and Epidemiological Research Department at CAMH, when someone dies before the life expectancy or prematurely, that is known as burden of disease and injury. This burden is effected by anything that disables a healthy and normal functioning body including drinks.

According to the research, high blood pressure topped the list for overall burden followed by smoking and alcohol. Rehm and his team found out that these injuries are not composed of diseases related to poor liver functioning and car crashes only but also particular types of cancer. Drinks in Canada therefore play a major role in increase of burden of disease and injury

From the report, alcohol indulgence caused more than 200 types of injuries and diseases in 2010. These injuries resulted from a simple slip or fall to fatalities like suicide as a result of intoxication.

In Canada, teenagers and youth aged between 15 and 29 are the frequent customers. The report points out that this age group drinks above certain limits.

Most people who get harmed or even die are the ones who take above three drinks a day. Also, individuals who drink more than four drinks in one sitting form a significant number of those affected.

Aside from these youth hopping from bar to bar and partying across campuses, statistics show that there has been a decrease in alcohol consumption since 2004; from 82.9% in 2004 to 70.4% in 2011.
Although, Rehm says that people in this age group all over the world still form the biggest percentage of alcohol deaths.

Which are the most preferred drinks? The World Health Organization conducted a study in 2011 on alcohol consumption worldwide which showed that most Canadians prefer beer, this was at 53%, wines and spirits lovers followed closely. Another report seemed to conclude that wine is the most loved of all drinks.

Whether you are taking a glass of wine or sour whiskey, Rehm says it is important to look at the level of alcohol in your drink. Studies have shown that red wine is beneficial to the heart but at the end of the day, the negative effects overpower the beneficial effects.

Don’t get it all wrong, drinking is not prohibited. It is only advisable that you drink moderately if not less. Dr. Rehm says that it is important to drink less overall and try to drink less in high risk situations like when you are partying.

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