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Drive Safely Work Week: Promoting sober driving among employees

Drive Safely Work Week: Promoting sober driving among employees

Drunken driving killed nearly 9,967 people in the United States in 2014, reported the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This accounted for nearly 31 percent of all traffic-related deaths in the country that year. Unfortunately, added CDC, nearly 19 percent of all traffic-related deaths were among children aged 0 to 14 years, due to alcohol-impaired driving. Further, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that traffic fatalities increased 7.2 percent in 2015 as compared to the previous year, the highest percentage increase in 50 years. (more…)

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UCSD develops device that measures blood alcohol levels accurately

UCSD develops device that measures blood alcohol levels accurately

Persistent and excessive consumption of alcohol is a chronic disease that can severely disrupt the lives of abusers and their families. Constantly indulging in alcohol may result in a level of dependency that could prove life-threatening. Eventually, an addict is unable to stop drinking despite developing serious illnesses such as a depressed respiratory system. (more…)

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Cancers alcohol may cause – Part 2: Liver

Cancers alcohol may cause – Part 2: Liver

Excessive alcohol is often associated with liver diseases. Since liver is responsible for metabolizing alcohol, it is more prone to alcohol-related injury. Regular and excessive consumption of alcohol causes chronic and fatal conditions, such as fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis and cirrhosis. Long-term alcohol use has also been linked with increased risk of liver cancer. (more…)

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Binge drinking drains America’s $249 billion in a year

Binge drinking drains America’s $249 billion in a year

Excessive alcohol use cost the U.S. economy a staggering $249 billion in 2010, according to a study released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in October, 2015. And the way it has been, this cost must have shot up rapidly over years. As per the CDC estimate, this economic burden translates to roughly $2.05 per drink, up from $1.90 per drink in 2006. (more…)

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