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!

Thanks,
Harshad