Excessive alcohol consumption has consequences for the user and their relatives, friends, employers, and the country as a whole.
Relations with relatives worsens, families break up. Studies show that 29% of men and 58% of women report alcoholism as a reason for divorce.
Aggression increases – attacks on family members, street fights, child abuse, sexual assaults. A study conducted by the Latvian Ministry of Health confirms that in 61% of violent cases alcohol has been a contributing factor. In 26% of cases, both the perpetrator and the victim had used alcohol; in 21% of cases only the perpetrator; in 14% of cases alcohol was used only by the victim of the aggression.
Relationships with friends are lost, your circle of acquaintances shifts, interests that are not connected with alcohol consumption disappear.
Accidents under the influence of alcohol take place, like, fires. The annual publication on the prevalence of addictive substances usage in Latvia states that in 2008 approximately one third (31.3%) of fatalities in fires occurred when the individuals involved were under the influence of alcohol or narcotics.
The mental and emotional aspect of your personality stops developing. In 2008, pertaining to individuals who had been registered with alcohol addiction for first time, the majority (64.8%) had secondary or secondary vocational education. 29.96% finished elementary school, while 1.04% – only had some elementary schooling. Only 4.2% of individuals registered for the first time with alcohol addiction had higher education.
The quality and capacity of work decrease. Occupational accidents take place. For example, in 2008, 28 people suffered work-related accidents under the influence of alcohol in Latvia, 12 of them were seriously injured and five were killed. More than 80% of companies in the construction, manufacturing, agriculture, forestry, transport, communications, and storage sectors believe that the use of alcohol by employees increases the risk of a trauma. Employers are mostly concerned with a reduction in the quality of work, the emergence of mistakes and defects as a result of alcohol use by employees.
Car accidents when a drunk driver endangers other drivers and pedestrians. In 2008, 9.6% of all vehicle accidents in Latvia were caused by driving under the influence of alcohol, while 6610 individuals had their driver’s licence taken from them for driving under the influence.
Unreasonable use of different weapons occurs. According to British data, 75% of the time when a knife was used in an attack the perpetrator was drunk.
Crimes are committed under the influence of alcohol. For example, in 2008, 10.2% of the total number of criminal offenses in Latvia was committed under the influence of alcohol.
Avante, published by the Abstinence Club, No. 11 (161) / 07
Informative Report on the implementation of measures included in The Program for the Reduction of Domestic Violence 2008-2011 in years 2008 and 2009