2.5 Million Alcohol-Related Deaths Worldwide- Annually
Based on the analyses of 100 individual country profiles, The World Health Organization (WHO) has released The Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health focused on analyzing available evidence on alcohol consumption, consequences and policy interventions at global, regional and national levels.
The harmful use of alcohol is a global problem which compromises both individual and social development. It causes harm far beyond the physical and psychological health of the drinker, including the harm to the well-being and health of people around the drinker. Alcohol is associated with many serious social and developmental issues, including violence, child neglect and abuse, and absenteeism in the workplace.
The harmful use of alcohol (defined as excessive use to the point that it causes damage to health) has many implications on public health as demonstrated in the following key findings:...
Cliff, business techniques travel the world faster than anything else. You may still have this over in Ulster, but in my state they have allowed drugstores (chemists) and grocery stores to sale booze, when at one time it could only be purchased in liquor stores. Also what gets me the various cheapo wines and even hard liquor is going for not much more than unfermented grape juice! To top this all off some stores are notorious for not checking the age of the buyers.
In our states it's not uncommon for an older person buying booze for underage people, you know this from those who --do-- get caught.
By the way,
Matthew 24 48 "But if that evil slave says in his heart, 'My master is not coming for a long time,' 49 and shall begin to beat his fellow slaves and eat and drink with drunkards; 50 the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour which he does not know, 51 and shall cut him in pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites; weeping shall be there and the gnashing of teeth.---NASB
In the UK because the pressure is on to stop cheap drink being sold in the supermarkets (sometimes cheaper than water)! The drinks reps are resisting price rises but instead are calling for "responsible drinking" Just plain hypocrisy