Evaluate The Evidence On Alcohol. Make The Prudent Choice

Dear Friend,

The new year is just around the corner. Here’s wishing you a happy & prosperous 2013.

Considering the growing use & abuse of alcohol amongst youngsters, here are a few facts on alcohol that I would like you to consider.

As a student of science, I invite you to evaluate the evidence and decide accordingly:

  • Alcohol is a causal factor in more than 60 major types of diseases and injuries and results in approximately 2.5 million deaths each year.[WHO]
  • 9% of all deaths between 15 and 29 are due to alcohol-related causes.
  • Alcohol-impaired driving is a significant public health problem that affects both the drinker and in many cases innocent others.
  • Alcohol is associated with many serious social and developmental issues, including violence, abuse & sexual assaults. (All the accused in the Delhi Rape case were drunk)
  • Most cases of alcoholism are established by the age of 30 years with the peak prevalence at 18–23 years of age. [Academy Of Sciences]
  • 20% of drinkers in India are dependent drinkers requiring help. [Lancet]

I appreciate that you face tremendous marketing & peer pressure to consume alcohol. Please be assured that alcohol is not a prerequisite and has nothing to do with having fun or being cool / sexy / successful.

Life is precious and has great wonders in store for you. The youth of 2013 has a lot going for it.

Make the prudent choice.

Wish you a happy & safe new year!


  • Dr. A B Rao

    Very useful message. Thanks.But who will be interested in reading such messages? Only those who want to get rid of this habit. Those who don’t care about their health and future like my son will either run away or close their ears when some body start giving advises.Having good talent and intelligence are of no use to such kind of people..

  • Meghan Ranade

    I like the “tremendous marketing & peer pressure” , youth really need role models which dont drink and dont smoke.

  • Rasika

    Good one.