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.

 

 To see CBC News’ article: <http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/alcohol-abuse-risks-need-more-attention-in-canada-researchers-say-1.2978302>

Comments

This topic interests me a lot and I learned new things about the subject through your articleAcknowledging the dangers that alcohol may cause, it is then interesting to raise the debate of the legalisation of alcohol.
Looking at it with the eye of a Deontologist, who looks at the motives of an act more than its consequences, a greater regulation regarding alcohol would be the moral thing to do. The theorist would look at the lives saved and the improvements in general health rather than the dissatisfaction of certain alcohol lovers. Letting people kill themselves or alter their health with this insidious substance would therefore be immoral. He would conclude that that alcohol would require more harsh regulations, or even that it should be totally prohibited.
I am not a deontologist.

I found your article interesting, this issue is unfortunately everywhere. Last October in France, the Health Minister Marisol Touraine had submitted a health law project addressing alcohol consumption among young people. If the text goes on, the incitement of minors to "binge drinking" is punishable by one year in prison and by a fine of 15,000 euros. The first problem to fight against this practice concerns motivations of young people to behave thus. In the same line, a drinking game, the "Neknomination" (“nek” means “neck your drink”) recently spread via Facebook and YouTube, and had also serious consequences, especially in English speaking countries. This game consists of drinking shots of an alcoholic drink bottoms up and then to inciting facing camera three friends to do the same within 24 hours. These "nominees" must then perpetuate the scheme. Two young Irish people died. Sometimes, participants go further than a simple video, they take place by the beach or some other enchanting landscape. The Irish government had asked Facebook to outlaw these videos but the social network refused, arguing that as long as they didn't violate the Terms of Use, members are free to share what they want. Therefore, everyone has to be responsible and to be aware that a practice or a game can be dangerous, sometimes even deadly.