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Study: Burden of Disease Associated with Alcohol-use Disorders Higher Than Previously Thought


Study: Burden of Disease Associated with Alcohol-use Disorders Higher Than Previously Thought

In a paper published online last week in the journal, Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, a group of international researchers have brought fresh eyes to a familiar data set: the NIAAA’s NESARC. Whereas past studies have estimated the alcohol-attributable global burden of disease, or rates of alcohol-attributable deaths and years of life lost, no study has focused specifically on the burden of disease in the United States associated with alcohol-use disorders (AUD). This is important, the authors note, because alcohol-use disorders (including “abuse” and “dependence” from DSM or “the harmful use of alcohol” from ICD) “were identified as the largest disease category contributing to the alcohol-attributable global burden of disease for the year 2004, making up approximately one-third of this burden.” By using US-specific data, including population and death statistics as well as Waves 1 and 2 of the NESARC, the authors were able to estimate the burden of disease from AUD in the US in 2005.
Results
“In the United States in 2005, 65,000 deaths, 1,152,000 years of life lost due to premature mortality (YLL), 2,443,000 years of life lost due to disability (YLD), and 3,595,000 disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) lost were associated with AUD. For individuals 18 years of age and older, AUD were associated with 3% of all deaths (5% for men and 1% for women), and 5% of all YLL (7% for men and 2% for women). The majority of the burden of disease associated with AUD stemmed from YLD, which accounted for 68% of DALYs associated with AUD (66% for men and 74% for women). The youngest age group had the largest proportion of DALYs associated with AUD stemming from YLD.”

Some figures from the article:

Prevalence of alcohol use disorders by category, sex, and age in 2005.  And:

Proportion of all deaths associated with alcohol use disorders in 2005, by sex and age You can read the abstract of the paper by Rehm, et al. here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/acer.12331/abstract

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Why A DUI Lawyer Can Help You If You Get Charged With A DUI


It is inevitable, everyone will make a mistake from time to time. One mistake that can never be ignored, however, is a DUI. There are millions of DUI cases every year throughout the United States, and if a DUI case ends in conviction, it can spell disaster for the involved party. A DUI is by far one of the most common and most damaging major traffic offenses on the books. A DUI can shatter a person’s family life, ruin a person’s career, and haunt a person for the rest of his or her life.

Many people don’t realize how much damage a DUI can do. It stays on a person’s driving record for years, and carries many significant penalties. First, a person’s auto insurance rates usually skyrocket right after a DUI. In addition, if a person finds it necessary to use a company vehicle, whether a CDL truck or a small vehicle for deliveries, they may not be able to even be insured by their company’s insurance policy after a DUI, which could result in getting fired. Lastly, and while this isn’t an “official” penalty, it does happen without question. When a person has a DUI on his or her record, it becomes easy for a police officer to pull that person over for suspicion, even if they aren’t doing anything wrong. It’s unfortunate, but it happens.

What can a person do to prevent this if they ever find themselves facing a DUI charge? The absolute most important thing is to get a DUI lawyer as quickly as possible. Fighting a DUI without legal assistance is all but impossible. A good DUI defense typically costs a couple of grand, but relative to dealing with the problems of having a DUI on one’s record, it pays for itself relatively quickly. Most DUI lawyers will work with prosecutors and judges to get a DUI reduced before it even goes to trial. They can often get DUI charges reduced to much less serious charges out of court, resulting in charges that will drop off of a person’s record much sooner, and with much less life shattering consequences.

A DUI doesn’t have to be a life ruining event. While it can definitely be a wake-up call, a person should always do everything in their power to get it reduced to a lesser charge. DUI lawyers are a necessity for anyone dealing with a DUI, and there is no reason a person should ever just take the DUI charge and not fight it. Having a good DUI lawyer is the key. Without proper representation, a DUI can run one’s life.

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Want to reduce mental illness? Address trauma. Want to save the world? Address trauma.


Want to reduce mental illness? Address trauma. Want to save the world? Address trauma..

The Informal Pharmacy


“Globally it’s the brand of Small Town Insanity” 
( The Informal Pharmacy )

All the boys in a row fraternally
withhold and grant opportunistically.
Surviving on the “no tell” philosophy
developing the powers of dependance.
Selectively affecting the destiny
while bearing toxic gifts of gratuity.
Globally it’s the brand of small town insanity.

Look behind the mask of the propriety.
See through the window of opportunity.
Around the view promoted politically.
Past the misuses of history
to the avoidance of present reality.
You’ll uncover the local gentry.
Globally it’s the brand of small town insanity.

The gentry laugh unceasingly
playing the game blatantly
banking on the prosperity.
Users take it humorously
while looking at the hypocrisy
recognizing the fraternity.
Their victims aren’t always the enemy.

It has to be dealt with truthfully.
Know what to look for you will see
which of the pillars of the community
hold the keys to the informal pharmacy.
Living beyond their means materially
toys for the boys can be costly.
Globally it’s the brand of small town insanity.

Ironically victims possess the key
to the powers of the local gentry.
Votes of disapproval don’t you see
can close the window of opportunity.
Spoken in united group harmony
only your truth will set you free.
Globally it’s the brand of small town insanity.

Strangers don’t go away accidentally
seeking distant equal opportunity
it’s just not their brand of insanity.

Author: James L. Halstrum  ( The Stone Shadow )
(C)  1991 All rights reserved.

Quote of the Day


“The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places.”

Quote of the Day


“Life can be found only in the present moment. The past is gone, the future is not yet here, and if we do not go back to ourselves in the present moment, we cannot be in touch with life.”

Quote of the Day


“No matter how qualified or deserving we are, we will never reach a better life until we can imagine it for ourselves and allow ourselves to have it.”

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