Alcohol-related deaths and disease cost us more than we are comfortable talking about

Alcohol is a factor in almost 10% of GP consultations in the UK every single day.

Here are a few thoughts from a Dr Kailash Chand, the deputy chair of the British Medical Association (BMA), ex-chair of Tameside and Glossop NHS, and a GP since 1983. He has had enough of treating people for alcohol-related illnesses and damage.

“Society needs to stop marketing the myth of alcohol and start telling the truth: too much alcohol kills. As a GP for 30 years, I have witnessed first-hand how alcohol destroys lives. I have seen people who had cirrhosis of the liver or another alcohol-related illness, such as heart disease, as well as those who were injured or assaulted while drunk. My colleagues working in accident and emergency departments tell me that every weekend they see children who have been found unconscious through drink on the street and brought to hospital by the police or the ambulance service”

“Over the centuries, alcohol has become the country’s favourite drug. Alcohol it is related to more than 60 medical conditions – and to violent crime and domestic abuse, destroying families. Advertisements offering cut-price drinks are everywhere. Alcohol is marketed through increasingly sophisticated advertising and promotional techniques, including sponsoring sporting events and concerts and through social media sites. No one should be in any doubt that the heavy marketing and promotion of alcohol, combined with low prices, encourages young people to drink at levels with which the NHS and society are struggling to cope”

“It is high time we stopped dying for a drink”

As reported in The Guardian on Friday 12 December 2014 08.30.

Full article here: http://www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/2014/dec/12/alcohol-related-deaths-cost-nhs


 

Posted: Monday 18 May 2015