Binge Drinking: Does Your Life is at Risk?
by louisp on March 17, 2015 - 9:02pm
On an article published last week, on March 2, 2015, untitled Alcohol-abuse risks need more attention in Canada, researchers say, CBC News summarize a research that talks about the dangers that the typical individual with a drinking problem may face. Indeed, since binge drinking is responsible for seven percent of all deaths and accidents in Canada, the authors of the research, Dr. Anne Moyer and Dr. John Finney, started to wonder if doctors are doing enough to spot and refer patients who have drinking issues. Therefore, they suggested that family doctors may be required to ask to their patients about their alcohol consumption habits during their routine examination. They think that such measure would be relevant because approximately 15 to 20 percent of Canadians have drinking disorders. Finally, the current Canadian guideline says that a woman should not drink more than two drinks per days and that a man should not drink more than three, considering that one beer with 5 percent of alcohol represents one drink.
This news article shows that approximately one person out of five have alcohol disorders. Thus, even if this statistic may seem pretty high, it might be explainable by the fact that many are shy to talk about their drinking problems or that they are just not aware of their personal condition. Therefore, one of the strength of Dr. Moyer and Dr. Finney’s research is that they encourage doctors to help their patients to understand that their alcohol consumption may be an issue. However, even if it is possible to get free counselling from the public health system, it may be difficult for patients to get assistance right away since many people in Quebec simply do not have access to a family doctor and that the waiting list is very long. Fortunately, there are alternative for people who are motivated to improve their health. Indeed, Alcoholics Anonymous, a non-profit organization that helps people who have alcohol dependency all across Canada, offers meeting all over Quebec to those who need support to share their experience in an anonymous way where no judgments are being made on the individual’s condition. Finally, such an organization may beneficiate a large percentage of the population, but the first step for someone that has an alcohol disorder is one’s determination to recognize his dependency and to ask for help.