There are no gateway drugs either you venerable to addiction, or you’re not. Not everyone who smokes cigarettes get lung cancer, but 80% of lung cancer patients smoke cigarettes. Not everyone who is sexual abused in their childhood or into their teen years becomes an addict, but 80% of addicts were sexually abused. About 28% of people who drink are addicted to alcohol, 9% of people who smoke pot are addicted. 50% of all murders involve alcohol, pot convinces you to put down the gun.
Alcohol is responsible for creating such cancers as mouth, esophageal, voice box (lynx), stomach, liver, colon and rectum, breast (in women), early studies are linking it to pancreatic. The reason for high-risk cancer and drinking alcohol is that alcohol in the body turns into acetaldehyde. Acetaldehyde will damage DNA and prevent the body from repairing it. A DNA cell makes sure normal and new cell growth throughout the brain and body. When a DNA cell is damaged, it grows beyond its control and creates a cancerous tumour.
According to the Centre for Disease and Control, these are the short and long-term effects of alcohol. Short-term and binge drinking effects are as follows leading cause of vehicle accidents causing burns, falls, and drowning; emergency room visits due to alcohol poisoning from high levels of alcohol in the blood; miscarriages and stillbirths or fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) among pregnant women; unprotected sex with multiple people, these risky behaviours can result in HIV, HPV and other STI’s and unintended pregnancies; increase in violence, homicides, sexual assault; and a dramatic rise in domestic violence.
The long-term effects of excessive alcohol turn into serious health problems and chronic diseases such as heart disease, liver disease, digestive issues, stroke, high blood pressure, flawed immune system resulting in an increased chance of getting sick, anxiety and depression and other mental health issues, alcoholism – alcohol dependence, social problems like family issues and unemployment, can lead to poor school performance, brain damage can lead to dementia, and quitting after years of drinking can cause seizures and death.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), alcohol is now responsible for over 3 million deaths annually worldwide; marijuana is probably responsible for preventing many deaths. Alcohol is responsible for more deaths than every other drug combined. 200 000 people die yearly from cocaine, heroin causes 100 000 deaths, meth causes approximately 1000 deaths a year. Alcohol alone is responsible for more than 200 diseases and injury-related conditions. 5.1% of all injury and illness worldwide is attributed to alcohol. Between the ages of 20-39 years, about 13.5% of all deaths are alcohol-related.
39.7% of those between 12 – 20 years-old admit to having at least one alcoholic beverage in their lives, according to the 2019 NSDUH. And about 7 million people between 12 – 20 years-old admit to having at least one drink within the last month.
“I am not here to build a business; I am not here to build a corporation; Not here to build Schools; I am not here to build churches—I am no Mother Theresa. What I will do, though, is—lead a legacy.”
– Dean Mathers