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According to the Global Drug Survey report2019, revealed that British respondents get drunk more times per year than people anywhere else.

Alcohol and Drugs have become a trend in today’s world where the large chunk of the population of youth consume drugs. People around the world find alcohol a primary source of entertainment or fun. Parties without alcohol and drugs are not considered a party. Ironically getting drunk and consuming the heavy amount of alcohol leads nowhere except ending up with addiction. Which certainly leads to various medical conditions and death. 

According to the Global Drug Survey report which was released on 17th May 2019, revealed that British respondents get drunk more times per year than people anywhere else. Deaths due to alcoholic liver diseases and cancer due to excessive alcohol consumption are on the rise, along with obesity and poorer mental health.

Survey findings around the Globe

During survey researchers spoke to 123, 814 people from more than 30 countries in preparing the report, and they found that people on average got drunk 33 times in the previous 12 months.
The results reflect the number of times that survey respondents said they got a drink, rather than the amount of alcohol consumed.

Those from English-speaking countries got drunk most often, according to the report, while participants from south American countries got drunk on the lowest number of occasions.
UK respondents said they got drunk 51 times in the past year, compared with 50 times for people in the USA, 48 in Canada and 47 in Australia.
The nationwide consumption of alcohol

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Drug menace in India

India is vulnerable to narcotic drug trafficking as it is located two largest Opium producing regions of the world i.e Golden Crescent in the west and golden Triangle in the east.
An estimate suggests that there are 40 lakh drug addicts in the country. The most common abuse is 'ganja', 'hashish'. 'opium' and 'heroin'. The abuse of pharmaceutical preparation like 'buprenorphine', codeine-based cough syrups and painkillers like 'procivon' has also assumed serious proportions. in certain regions of the country, drug abuse has already become several social-economic problems affecting the vulnerable age groups.

key Finding reports about India in Global Drug survey

The Global Drug survey for the first time got respondents from India. It found that more than any other country, Indians are seeking help to reduce their alcohol intake which reflects an awareness of abuse. 

Survey Shows Indians Willingness: that 51% of respondents wanted to 'drink less' in the following year and while only about 43% of Indians reported using cannabis but, the 51% among them also wanted to use 'less cannabis' in the following year. This wanting is more than other nationality and reflects an awareness of abuse by Indians.

Whereas Tobacco and cannabis were among the most common drugs used by Indians.
Out of almost 1,00.000 respondents from 30 countries worldwide, Indians reported 'being drunk' on an average of 41 times in the last years. They are still behind Australia, Canada, the UK, US, and Denmark but above all the global average of 33 times.

Female data - Only 6% of female Indians were surveyed who reported seeking emergency medical treatment in the last year. The global female average for seeking emergency medical treatment was about 13%.
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About Global Drug survey

The Global Drug Survey basically an anonymized online survey that uses a detailed questionnaire to assess trends in self-reported harms and drug use among regular drug users and early adopters of new trends. It is an independent research organization based in London. It runs the largest global survey in recreation drug-use.

Although is not designed to determine the prevalence of drug behavior in all the population of the country it throws light in prevalent stigmatized behaviors and health outcomes of the hidden population which is otherwise difficult to reach,

How it would be useful?
By 2030, half of the world's adults will drink (up from 45% in 1990), while 40% will abstain (down from 46% in 1990). Additionally, 23% of adults will binge drink at least once a month, compared with just 19.5% who did so in 1990.

Such surveys can be used to inform targeted intervention about outcomes of drug use. it uses its data and expertise to create digital health applications delivering screening as well as brief interventions for alcohol and drugs. It also produces a range of drug education materials for health and legal professionals, the entertainment industry and the general public.

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WHO 's Report: much alcohol killed more than 3 million people in 2016

Drinking too much alcohol killed more than 3 million people in 2016, mostly men the World Health Organization’s data shows.

The U.N. health agency warned that currently, policy responses are not enough to reverse trends predicting an increase in consumption over the next 10 years.

In a new report, the WHO said that about 237 million men and 46 million women faced alcohol problems, with the highest prevalence in Europe and America.

Europe has the highest global per capita alcohol consumption, even though it has already dropped by 10 percent since 2010.

How does it impact humans?

Around a third of alcohol-related deaths were the result of injuries, including, a car crashed and self-harm, while about one in five were due to either digestive disorders cardiovascular diseases. Infectious diseases, mental disorders, and other health conditions are the main diseases that are the outcome of consuming a heavy amount of alcohol.

Consequently, people who consume alcohol, their habit of drinking alcohol make suffer their families too. As in the most case, people become aggressive and it led to violence, injuries.

The average daily consumption of alcohol by people who consume it is about two glasses of wine, a large bottle of beer or two shots of spirits. Globally, about 2.3 billion people are current drinkers.

Illusions about drinking

Alcohol gives an illusion of satisfying needs (happiness) when it triggers the brain. It gives the illusion of 5 basic human beings somehow somewhere want in real life.
Love & Belonging: people feel connected and loved when under the influence of alcohol. It acts as a “social lubricant” by giving people the sense that they are being liked.
Freedom: Alcohol gives a sense of freedom from thought, responsibilities everyday problems. It lowers the inhibition allowing to do things that a person might not normally do.

Alcohol and depression

There is a connection – self-harm and suicide are much more common in people with alcohol with problems.  Regularly drinking too much leads to severe depression.
-         Alcohol affects the chemistry of the brain, increasing the risk of depression.
-         The hangover can create a cycle of waking up feeling ill, anxious, tipsy and guilty.
-         Life gets depressing- arguments with family or friends, trouble at work, memory and sexual problem.

How does it affect youth?

Young people all over the world drink to have fun, to have the experience of losing control, to socialize more easily with others, to feel sexier – and that is because their friends do. Around a third of 15-16-year old drink three or more than that in a month in most of the  European countries. Alcohol seems to have the same depressant effect in younger people as it does in Adults. 


Governments should put in place measures that can mitigate the harms associated with this increasing rate of alcohol consumption, WHO’s goals to reduce the harmful use of alcohol, however, the concern is that some policy recommendations such as increasing alcohol taxes are misguided and don’t effectively address harmful consumption.

So, there are other various steps the government can consider and make other ways to keep it balanced.

Drinking alcohol in limits is not that harmful. There is a need to make several policies to sell or buying alcohol at a certain limit. Alcohol should get banned for under 18 adolescents. there should be alcohol harmful effect signboard outside the pubs and alcohol shops.

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