In Canada Alcohol Consumption is Very Much Apart of Our Culture

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In Canada alcohol consumption is very much apart of our culture. A new study by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), found Canadians drink more than 50% above the global average. This is particularly alarming as alcohol is now the third leading cause of the global burden of disease and injury. In 2010, alcohol was responsible for 5.5 percent of the overall burden, coming in third after high blood pressure and smoking. These types of injuries and diseases not only include outcomes like liver cirrhosis and traffic accidents, but other related diseases like certain types of cancers. In Canada one particular group sticks out. The age bracket of 15 to 29 year olds are Canadas most unhealthy drinkers, defined by the report as drinking above certain limits. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 320, 000 young people of this age group die from alcohol related causes each year.

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), one of the leading causes of death among teenagers continues to be road crashes. The evidence shows that young drivers have the highest rates of traffic death and injury per capita among all age groups and the highest death rate per kilometer driven among all drivers under 75 years of age. More 19 year olds die or are seriously injured than any other age group. Alcohol and/or drugs are a factor in 55% of crashes resulting in fatalities for youth between 16 and 25 year olds. While 16-25 year olds constitute 13.7% of the population in 2009, but made up almost 31.1% of the alcohol related traffic deaths.

Every single injury and death caused by drunk driving is totally preventable. Although the proportion of crashes that are alcohol-related has dropped dramatically in recent decades, there are still far too many such preventable accidents. Unfortunately, in spite of great progress, alcohol-impaired driving remains a serious national problem that tragically affects many victims annually.It's easy to forget that dry statistics represent real people and real lives.


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