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Alcohol Addict? Quitting Should Not Be the Only Thing You Should Consider!

Updated on November 4, 2016

Alcohol Consumption in India is on the Rise

According to an article published in Mid-Day, the World Health Organization reported that about 30% of India’s total population consumed alcohol in 2010. Out of this, 7% of the consumption was in the form of spirits, 7% in beer and about 1% of the population consumed wine. During the period 2010-2012, the average consumption was over 2.2 litres for an individual above the age of 15, which was a significant rise of 1.6 litres reported between 2003 and 2005.

Kerala was the most addicted state, with consumption of about 8 litres per person but the worrying number was that 11% of the country’s population was involved in heavy or binge-drinking.

Drinking was associated with severe health problems, such as head injuries and hospitalizations. About 15% to 20% of the total traumatic brain injuries in the country were related to alcohol use and it also led to about 17.6% of psychiatric emergencies.

How Alcohol Affects Your Life

About 34% of the suicides attempted in India has been due to alcohol abuse. An article published in The Times of India also revealed that alcohol consumption in the country increased by 55% between 1992 and 2002 and on the “Years of Life Lost” scale, the country was rated at 4 on a scale of 5. Here are some of the impacts of alcohol on various parts of the body:

  • Brain: Alcohol has a severe impact on the way your brain works by interfering with its communication pathways. This leads to frequent mood changes, which reduce your ability to think and coordinate.
  • Heart: Over drinking for a very long period of time can damage your heart by causing problems such as cardiomyopathy, arrhythmias, stroke and high blood pressure.
  • Liver: This is the most affected body part and can lead to various problems, such as liver inflammation, steatosis, alcoholic hepatitis, fibrosis and even cirrhosis.
  • Pancreas: Alcohol leads to the production of toxic substances in the pancreas, which can lead to pancreatitis, a dangerous inflammation and swelling of the blood vessels.
  • Cancer: Drinking too much of alcohol can lead to cancer of the mouth, oesophagus, throat, liver and breast.

Other than this, excessive consumption of alcohol also weakens the immune system, which makes the body an easy target for diseases. People who drink are more vulnerable to diseases like pneumonia and tuberculosis.

What is the Solution?

It is no rocket science that the best solution is to overcome addiction, avoiding alcohol completely. For those who have not developed a dependence, limiting consumption is a good option. One Indian dies every six minutes due to alcohol. Needless to say, this only goes to support the growing popularity of term insurance plans in the country.

Opting for such a plan while you are fighting against this life-threatening dependence ensures financial security for your family in case of an unfortunate event, say experts at Bharti AXA Life Insurance. You can know the details regarding premiums and returns by using a term plan premium calculator, which works in a similar way to a life insurance calculator.

The amount you have to pay as premium is relatively low but this does not compromise the return, which are similar to a life insurance plan. The Government of India is also doing its bit, running various campaigns, and states like Gujarat and Bihar being declared dry states.

Now it is your time to begin the fight against addiction. So, get you your life back on track and give your family something to celebrate about.


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