The World Health Organization says alcohol kills 2.5 million people a year
. Many more millions are crippled by alcohol.
The super-centenarians (people who live over 110) of Loma Linda do not drink at all their entire lives
- proving that you don't need any wine-beer to live to 112, i.e. far longer than the average human who drinks. Alcohol disrupts the growth of new brain cells and lowers IQ
. See also ► http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2861155/
. Human studies have found alcoholics to have a smaller brain size than moderate drinkers
. Pregnant women who drink a little will have lower IQ kids
and pregnant women who drink a lot will have mentally disabled kids
. Alcohol can lead to breast cancer too ► http://www.healthline.com/health-news/womens-drinking-increases-breast-cancer-risk-082913
The anti-oxidants in wine are negligible
- so there is no health benefit in drinking any amount. The ORAC values show the amount of anti-oxidants (that neutralize free radicals) in food. Most foods have 8-800 times more anti-oxidants per 100 g than white wine (ORAC value 392 at the bottom of the list) ► http://www.phytochemicals.info/list-orac-values.php
1.2 million people die every year on Earth in car accidents. In some countries about 70% of fatally injured drivers have excess alcohol in their blood
. Alcohol raises blood pressure
and can trigger epilepsy, mental disorders, cardiovascular disease, cirrhosis of the liver and various cancers. Alcohol weakens the immune system and impairs the brain even in rather small amounts
. It causes millions of fatal road traffic accidents, cases of domestic and workplace violence, suicides.
It's interesting that ending global hunger takes 30% of the 100 billion dollars Americans spend on alcohol.
Also, over 50 nations drink even more alcohol per capita than Americans according to the World Health Organization report ► http://www.who.int/substance_abuse/publications/global_alcohol_report/msbgsruprofiles.pdf
summarized in wikipedia ► http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_alcohol_consumption
Russian males drink more alcohol than almost anyone. Twenty-five percent of Russian men die before age 55, the average life expectancy for Russian men is age 64, not 79 as in Western Europe ► http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2014/01/31/Twenty-five-percent-of-Russian-men-die-before-the-age-of-55/UPI-53201391229919/
40% of violent crime is done by those under the influence of alcohol in the US ► http://www.ncadd.org/index.php/learn-about-alcohol/alcohol-and-crime
. I hope that lovers of world peace and non-violence are aware of these numbers.
13% of humanity goes hungry and millions die of hunger every year, while a third of food is wasted ► goo.gl/qnWTV
. 30 billion dollars could prevent this waste of food per some studies. The money spent on alcohol could end hunger, cure a disease (instead of causing diseases), provide clean energy, help some other humanitarian cause. That's why I abstained all my life from alcohol. In over 100 nations, 7-40% of people abstained from alcohol all their life. Compassion ♥ for humanity can help us to quickly shift these lifelong abstainers percentages in the 90s for all these 100+ nations. :) Nikola Tesla (whose inventions are in every building with electricity) predicted one day we will live without eating or drinking liquids, using just cosmic energy ► https://plus.google.com/+AlexP/posts/G2yREkDmPUX
. :) I can't wait. :)
One thing few know is that a lot of celebrities don't drink ► http://rollingout.com/entertainment/celebrities-dont-drink