DRY JULY Alcohol report lays bare the serious French drinking problem

DRY JULY Alcohol report lays bare the serious French drinking problem

Alcohol is responsible for around 49,000 deaths in France each year - 134 each day.  Sound like a healthy relationship with booze to you?

“Alcohol is an important cause of premature mortality.  It is responsible for almost a quarter of all of 15-34 year old deaths and almost one in five of all 35-64 year old deathsThe causes of death attributable to alcohol are above all cancers (15,000) and cardio-vascular diseases (12,000)
Catherine Hill, Service for Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the Institue Gustave Roussy, near Paris.

What does all that so-called “healthy” wine now do to the French then?

  • 36,500 French men die each year from alcohol-related illnesses
  • This is around 13% of the overall male mortality rate
  • Alcohol kills around 49,000 French people each year
  • Tragically 40% of the alcohol-related deaths were people under the age of 65
  • The remaining deaths included digestive illnesses such as cirrhosis, accidents, suicides and mental illnesses.
  • In Switzerland only 5% of male deaths were alcohol-related
  • In Denmark just 1%

So spare me the “let’s drink healthily like the French do” rubbish please.

Study by the Service for Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the Institue Gustave Roussy, near Paris as published by the European Journal of Public Health on March 3, 2013.


 

Posted: Saturday 6 July 2013

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