10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Drinking Alcohol
1. About 2 billion people across the world consume alcoholic beverages each year and around 75 million people currently have alcoholic disorders.
2. Alcohol can kill you
Drinking large amounts of alcohol at one time or very rapidly can cause alcohol poisoning, which can lead to coma or even death. Driving and drinking also can be deadly. In 2003, 31 percent of drivers age 15 to 20 who died in traffic accidents had been drinking alcohol.
3. 60% of college women who are infected with STDs, including genital herpes and AIDS, report that they were under the influence of alcohol at the time they had intercourse with the infected person.
4. There are a series of disease entirely caused by alcohol such as alcohol dependence and alcoholic liver cirrhosis.
5. Alcohol consumption also clearly increases the risk of cancers (such as lip, tongue, throat, oesophagus, liver, and breast).
6. Beer or wine is not safer to drink than liquor.
One 12-ounce beer has about the same amount of alcohol as one 5-ounce glass of wine, or 1.5-ounce shot of liquor. It is the amount of ethanol consumed that affects a person most, not the type of alcoholic drink.
7. There is 1 alcohol-related death incident every 31 minutes.
8. As many as 70% of college students admit to having engaged in sexual activity primarily as a result of being under the influence of alcohol, or to having sex they wouldn’t have had if they had been sober.
9. In Denmark, more than half of the kids ages 11 to 15 are heavy drinkers.
10. At least one out of five college students abandons safe sex practices when they’re drunk, even if they do protect themselves when they’re sober.