3+ million die from alcohol per year – says World Health Organization

More than 3 million people died as a result of harmful use of alcohol in 2016, according a report released by the World Health Organization (WHO) today. This represents 1 in 20 deaths. More than three quarters of these deaths were among men. Overall, the harmful use of alcohol causes more than 5% of the global disease burden.

WHO’s Global status report on alcohol and health 2018 presents a comprehensive picture of alcohol consumption and the disease burden attributable to alcohol worldwide. It also describes what countries are doing to reduce this burden.

World Health Organization, News Release 21 Sep. 2018, “Harmful use of alcohol kills more than 3 million people each year, most of them men

Tertullian said Timothy not drinking would help his stomach (160-220 AD)

See: 1 Timothy 5:23 why non-alcoholic wine for Timothy’s stomach

Tertullian (c. 160-220 AD) strikingly compared the strong penalty of the Levitical priests to ministers in the Church. ‘For abstinence from wine withal has honourable badges of its own… So true is it, that such as shall have ministered in the Church, being not sober, shall “die”’. Continue reading “Tertullian said Timothy not drinking would help his stomach (160-220 AD)”

Οἶνος 1 Timothy 5:23 why non-alcoholic wine for Timothy’s stomach. (Greek meaning of oinos.)

See also: Bible says be sober again and again.

“No longer drink only water, but use a little {oinos} wine for your stomach’s sake and your frequent infirmities.” (1 Timothy 5:23) Like the Greek term oinos, the meaning of Hebrew yayin is not limited to alcoholic wine. Below I explain why I understand that Timothy had initially foregone even non-alcoholic {oinos} wine too. Interestingly, the Alcohol Answers site states: “Alcohol, even in relatively small amounts, can interfere with many stomach functions.” Continue reading “Οἶνος 1 Timothy 5:23 why non-alcoholic wine for Timothy’s stomach. (Greek meaning of oinos.)”

Alcohol’s benefits debunked: Heart research reviewed

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Researchers from Canada, USA, and Australia have together produced a meta-analysis of 54 published studies, regarding drinking, and death from all causes and from coronary heart disease (CHD).

The report found that many of the previous prospective studies have failed to distinguish between former drinkers and persons who never were drinkers.

This systematic error was used to support the hypothesis that alcohol use (by older users) reduces CHD risk.

Research actually showed: no evidence of alcohol helping heart

The researchers found that the few studies without this error showed no evidence of health benefits.

People may abstain because they are sick—they are not sick because they abstain. Continue reading “Alcohol’s benefits debunked: Heart research reviewed”

Alcohol-Related Brain Damage: – even people who ‘seem normal’

Glass mug containing beer and a brain floating in it.

There are two main types of alcohol brain damage, both very important, and both very prevalent in Australia.

Alcohol damages brain: now unable to learn from mistakes

It was only about ten years ago that research started to show that frontal ‘lobe damage’ is not only extremely common in alcoholics, but can also occur in social drinkers. Continue reading “Alcohol-Related Brain Damage: – even people who ‘seem normal’”

EVEN ONE DRINK risks the health of an unborn baby – American Academy of Pediatrics & NOFAS

‘Even One Drink’

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‘There is no safe level of alcohol consumption during pregnancy. Even one drink risks the health of an unborn baby.’ ‘Pregnant? Don’t Drink. Period.’

American Academy of Pediatrics, 2004, adapted from materials provided by the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, http://www.aap.org/advocacy/chm98fet.htm

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Fathers-to-be stop using alcohol AT LEAST THREE MONTHS BEFORE

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‘The drugs in a man’s system may lead to lower birth weight, birth defects or serious illnesses for the child after birth.’

baby's hand over parent's hand

‘Men are advised to stop using alcohol and other drugs at least three months before attempting fertilization.’

Alaska Department of Health & Social Services, 1999, ‘Paternal Contribution to Birth Defects’, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Information Sheet, http://www.hss.state.ak.us/dada/fas/fas.htm

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Danger: Reduced Abilities LONG AFTER Drinking

‘Researchers found that people with hangovers posed a danger to themselves and others long after their blood alcohol levels had returned to normal. Reduced cognitive abilities hampered routine day-to-day activities such as driving or office work.’

David Morgan, 2000, ‘Study: Light-to-Moderate Drinkers Hurting Selves, Society’, ‘Hangovers Cost $148B a Year’, Reuters.

‘87%’ alcohol problems

‘…Fifty-four percent of all alcohol-related problems in the workplace are caused by light drinkers, and 87% are caused by light-to-moderate drinkers.’

Dr. Jeffrey G. Wiese, Dr. Michael G. Shlipak, Dr. Warren S. Browner, 6 Jun. 2000, ‘The Alcohol Hangover’, Annals of Internal Medicine, Vol. 132 No. 11, pp. 897-902, American College of Physicians.