How Alcohol Is The Leading Cause Of Ill Health ( Reference ) Essay

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In Great Britain alcohol misuse is the leading cause of ill health (reference).Since 1979 the numbers of alcohol-related deaths have more than doubled in England (Baker and Rooney, 2003). According to the Official national statistics (2015), from 2013 to 2014 there were an estimated 1,059,210 admissions related to alcohol consumption where an alcohol- related disease, injury or condition was the primary reason for hospital admission or secondary diagnosis. An estimated 115% increase in admissions from 2003- 2004. In 2013 there were 6,592 alcohol-related deaths This is a 10 per cent increase from 2003 (5,984). combating harmful and hazardous alcohol consumption is a priority not only in the United kingdom (UK) but also at a European level (reference).
Alcohol metabolism primarily occurs within the liver, where it can be cleared by several pathways. The Regular consumption increases the formation of carcinogenic intermediates (Langley- Evans, 2009); in the short-term, alcohol is associated with stimulation of the appetite and alcohol poisoning (Langley-Evans, 2009).The regular, heavy and prolonged consumption of alcohol over a period of years can cause damage to certain organs, particularly the liver and brain. (Barker, 2002) and has been linked to increasing the risk of Cardiovascular disease (CVD), Cancer and Alcoholic Liver Disease (ALD). The current UK guidelines states that men should not regularly drink more than 3-4 units/day (24-32 g/day) and women no more than 2- 3…

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