Alcohol Is A Dangerous Substance

1373 Words May 31st, 2016 6 Pages
Alcohol is a very dangerous substance that destroys lives far too often. Whether it be the unintentional injuries, chronic diseases, or harm to a developing fetus, as well as many other avoidable tragedies alcohol kills. Considering that alcohol is only a drink and it is widely accepted many people do not notice how harmful it truly is. Alcohol’s deadliness is underplayed because it is a billion dollar industry. Alcohol companies spend nearly two billion dollars every year on advertising in the United States. Many popular musical and film stars openly use and abuse alcohol as well. Alcohol is often glorified in todays pop culture media. All of these factors contribute to the lack of recognition when it comes to the seriousness of alcohol related harms and its implications on the economy.

The most talked about alcohol related harm is unintentional injuries and deaths. Tragedies such as motor-vehicle traffic crashes, falls, drowning, burns and firearm injuries are very common and fall under this category. These unintentional injuries and deaths most frequently occur on the road. Within the year of 2014, alcohol-impaired driving fatalities accounted for 9,967 deaths nationally, which is 31 percent of overall driving fatalities.

Alcohol’s more subtle effects can be just as bad as road fatalities. It causes chronic diseases such as: liver cirrhosis, pancreatitis, and various cancers including: liver, mouth, throat, larynx, and esophagus. It is also known to cause high…
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