Alcoholism Shortens Lifespan
While it may seem obvious that alcoholism affects your health, new data reveals more alcoholism facts and just how severely it affects your health and shortens your lifespan. After a 12.5 year study, the European Psychiatric Journal has published their findings that alcoholism can reduce your lifespan by an average of 7.6 years.
Over the course of the study, researchers compared 23,371 alcohol dependent hospital patients to a control group of 233,710 randomly selected non-alcohol dependent hospital patients. The findings show that alcohol dependent patients had an increased risk of serious physical illness and death. “During the observation period, approximately one out of five hospital patients with alcoholism died in one of the hospitals, while only one out of twelve patients in the control group died,” said Prof. Dr. Reinhard Heun from the Royal Derby Hospital in England.
In fact, alcohol-related deaths are the third leading preventable cause of death in the USA.
Alcoholism Effects on the Body
Another finding of the study shows that physical illnesses occur more often in alcohol dependent patients, typically affecting the liver, the pancreas, the airways, the gastrointestinal tract and the nervous system. One of the causes, according to Dr. Dieter Schoepf from the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy of the University of Bonn Hospital is that “patients with addiction problems are often admitted to hospitals as emergency cases. At the time of diagnosis, priority is then given to the acute symptoms.”
Alcohol Addiction Toll on Mental Health
Beyond lifespan and physical health, alcoholism was shown to take a toll on mental health as well. Alcohol dependent patients needed psycho-therapeutic care earlier and more intensively than their non-alcohol dependent counterparts. Dr. Schoepf says “Mental problems as well as significant physical health impairments are associated with alcohol addiction.” This study is not the first to highlight the negative effects of alcoholism, but the results speak for themselves about why sobriety is the right choice.
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Update February 23, 2016 This article was updated to include data from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
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