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Some people even believe that AIDS started in Africa. What you don't know is that the media is relying on the W.H.O. (World Health Organization). So then the question is how did the W.H.O. come up with these numbers, millions.
Oh no Martha, say it ain't so!!!DUI arrests have rising by 28% from 1998 to 2007. This is according to the Transportation Department reports. For men DUI arrests have actually fallen off by 7.5% during that time. The numbers, however, for male arrests for DUI are simply staggering. In 2007 there were over 620 thousand DUI arrests for men, for women the figure is a mere 162 thousand.
Laura Dean-Mooney, president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, told the Associated Press she could not explain the jump in arrests of women. “There's no hard data on that," Dean-Mooney told AP. "What you're hearing more is that women are under more pressure, they're now perhaps the breadwinner because of the unemployment rate.”Riiiiiight! Last time I checked, 1998 wasn't back in the stone ages. We're talking about the last 10 years. There has been no tremendous change in female occupation stature in the last 10 years.
Like New York, the city that never sleeps, Las Vegas has no "last call". Merry makers, party goers, boozers, bums and alcoholics alike can all indulge to their heart's content, and at all hours of the day. I do not have the statistics but Las Vegas boasts some of the highest rates of DUI in the nation. It is an incessant problem. These people crawl behind the wheel of a car and take their own and others' lives into their hands without a thought. They tell themselves they can handle it. They tell themselves they will never be caught. I have one acquaintance who says they drive "better" with a few drinks in his system.
Mayhaps they are not aware of the areas of the brain intoxicants can affect:
Just to name a few. The list is of course not comprehensive nor exhaustive. What's most bazaar is that Las Vegas has gamblers anonymous group and the casinos voluntarily assign a concierge or liaison to identify players with a problem, which is probably in their best interest, better to keep the fool working and playing than have him go broke today and not be able to return. But there is no prevalent push or awareness of hiring someone specifically to identify alcoholics. In fact the Gaming Board rarely convicts or punishes casinos who allow a clearly intoxicated player to over-leverage themselves. I mean there are cases, but walk around any casino on any given day and you can identify 20% of the place inebriated. And, yet still they let these same people to walk out the door and get behind the wheel of an SUV.
Alcohol can produce detectable impairments in memory after only a few drinks and, as the amount of alcohol increases, so does the degree of impairment. Large quantities of alcohol, especially when consumed quickly and on an empty stomach, can produce a blackout, or an interval of time for which the intoxicated person cannot recall key details of events, or even entire events.ARE WOMEN MORE VULNERABLE TO ALCOHOL’S EFFECTS ON THE BRAIN?
Women are more vulnerable than men to many of the medical consequences of alcohol use.BRAIN DAMAGE FROM OTHER CAUSES
People who have been drinking large amounts of alcohol for long periods of time run the risk of developing serious and persistent changes in the brain. Damage may be a result of the direct effects of alcohol on the brain or may result indirectly, from a poor general health status or from severe liver disease.LIVER DISEASE
For example, thiamine deficiency is a common occurrence in people with alcoholism and results from poor overall nutrition.
Most people realize that heavy, long–term drinking can damage the liver, the organ chiefly responsible for breaking down alcohol into harmless byproducts and clearing it from the body. But people may not be aware that prolonged liver dysfunction, such as liver cirrhosis resulting from excessive alcohol consumption, can harm the brain, leading to a serious and potentially fatal brain disorder known as hepatic encephalopathyThis post was just made as a short awareness post to bring attention to the problem.
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