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Alcohol Is Responsible For 60 Different Diseases

by Medindia Content Team on  January 4, 2006 at 6:35 PM Alcohol & Drug Abuse News   - G J E 4
Alcohol Is Responsible For 60 Different Diseases
Alcohol is responsible for 60% of the diseases across the world, according to the Center for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs' Professor Robin Room. About 4.4% of deaths are accounted for by high blood pressure, and another 4.1% by tobacco. Alcohol is also responsible for as many deaths as blood pressure and smoking, and the licensing laws have reportedly failed to take note of this fact.
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The study looks at diseases, including cancers of the mouth, liver and breast, heart disease, stroke and cirrhosis, in which alcohol can play a role. It also highlights the role of alcohol in car accidents, drowning, falls and poisoning. Alcohol is also linked to a proportion of self-inflicted injuries and murders.

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Using data on alcohol cost and British alcohol-related mortality information, the researchers estimate that increasing the price of alcohol by 10% would produce a 7% drop in deaths from cirrhosis of the liver in men and an 8.3% drop in deaths in women.

Restricting the availability of alcohol by reducing the hours that pubs and shops can sell it would also affect the rates of alcohol-related harm, he said.

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