Death, Abuse and Alcohol - page 3
As 2013 draws to a close all over the world we need to stop and think about what this night means to many families, friends and the Emergency Room. Many of us are planning a night of celebration, which involves loud music, games,... Read More
- 1Jan 16 by Jen-Elizabeth, BSN, RNMy parents taught me and my brothers from a young age that if we drank, we should call for a pick-up. My parents were not ignorant to the fact that drinking occurred in high school. I was a good girl was hated the taste of alcohol, but my brothers took advantage a few times. It stuck with them to the point that as adults in their 20s, they never drive to party where they will be drinking; they arrange for a designated driver or cab ride home.
This plan-ahead decision saves lives.
- 1Jan 27 by madwife2002, BSN, RN Senior ModeratorAlcohol consumption directly led to nearly 80,000 deaths per year in 16 North American and Latin American countries between 2007 and 2009, according to new research.
A population study of more than 230,000 deaths showed that the countries with the highest mortality rates that were fully related to alcohol consumption were El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua.
In addition, 86% of the overall deaths occurred in men. In fact, the rate of deaths from alcohol consumption was 28 times higher for men than for women in El Salvador.
Although the risk for all men in the United States and Canada was only 3 times greater than for women, the risk was higher for those between the ages of 50 and 69 years.
"The mortality rates found in this study reveal the tip of the iceberg of a broader problem," investigators led by Vilma Pinheiro Gawryszewski, from the Health Analysis and Information Unit at the Pan American Health Organizatio
- 1Feb 6 by ZeroNightskyeI grew up in an Irish/Aboriginal family. Alcohol was, and still is, a part of life. I think teaching responsibility is far superior than the puritan style abstinence I've seen on this thread. My dad read a lot of James Crumley, and always agreed with this quote:
"Son, never trust a man who doesn't drink because he's probably a self-righteous sort, a man who thinks he knows right from wrong all the time. Some of them are good men, but in the name of goodness, they cause most of the suffering in the world. They're the judges, the meddlers. And, son, never trust a man who drinks but refuses to get drunk. They're usually afraid of something deep down inside, either that they're a coward or a fool or mean and violent. You can't trust a man who's afraid of himself. But sometimes, son, you can trust a man who occasionally kneels before a toilet. The chances are that he is learning something about humility and his natural human foolishness, about how to survive himself. It's damned hard for a man to take himself too seriously when he's heaving his guts into a dirty toilet bowl."