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Liver disease resulting from binge drinking could become big killer
The survey, commissioned by the London Clinic in Harley Street, shows that 48 per cent of those in the 18 to 24 age group were between the ages of 13 and 15 when they first got drunk, while 6 per cent were aged under 12.
It also found that 14 per cent of men and 11 per cent of women drink every day and 6 per cent of men drink more than a week’s recommended alcohol intake in one night.
Deaths from cirrhosis of the liver caused by alcohol abuse have doubled in the past 10 years and the condition in young people has increased eight-fold. Cirrhosis is killing more women than cervical cancer and more men than Parkinson’s disease.
Professor Roger Williams, director of the London Clinic Liver Centre, said: “Particularly worrying is the early age at which young people are starting to drink.”
His colleague, Professor Max Malago, a liver surgeon, added: “If current trends continue, Britain faces an epidemic of liver disease that threatens to eclipse that of diseases like breast cancer. Binge-drinking is a key culprit but it’s not the only one. Diet is also partly to blame.”
The survey, of 1,038 people, also highlighted what it describes is “an ignorance” of liver disease among drinkers. It says 71 per cent of men and 78 per cent of women think that regular drinking only presents a low risk of liver disease.
A new monthly injection could help keep holiday drinkers on the wagon. David Rosenbloom, a specialist in substance abuse at Boston University School of Public Health, said for people battling alcoholism, holidays pose a strong danger of relapse. “For some it’s the stress of being lonely, for others it’s the stress of being with people,”….
Women who drink the same amount as men may not be found as attractive as they think, a recent psychology study says. A March 9 report by the American Psychology Association said an increasing amount of women think they should drink excessively to impress men. Surveys conducted showed 71 percent of college women think men….
It was a sight that stunned early-morning surfers and left environmentalists in disbelief. For the first time in memory, San Diego-area beaches didn’t look like a dump the morning after Independence Day. With alcohol banned at most county beaches this year, Fourth of July festivities were milder, family-friendly affairs up and down the coast. And….
The use of harmful drugs has spread worldwide. People of all ages have become addicted to harmful chemical substances like the drugs, alcohol and smoking, which alters their physical and mental state. To track down the use of drugs in these people is impossible, but a general survey has estimated that adolescent drug abuse rates….
Dual diagnosis treatment programs help individuals who have a substance abuse problem as well as a mental illness A high percentage of people who abuse drugs or alcohol have been linked to having at least one mental disorder Almost thirty percent of people who suffer from a mental disorder begin to use drugs or alcohol….
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