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INTRODUCTION More than 100000 deaths per year are attributed to alcohol in the United States Alcohol-related auto accidents account for approximately 24000 of these deaths most often the victims are under 30 years of age while alcohol-related homicide account for 11000 and suicide 8000 deaths Certain types of cancer which are partly associated with the consumption of alcohol contribute to another 17000 deaths Alcohol-related strokes are responsible for 9000 deaths 25000 lost lives are due to 12 alcohol-related diseases including cirrhosis of the liver All these deaths combined are the equivalent of 200 jumbo jetliners crashing and taking the lives of everyone onboard in just one year Such numbers are staggering until you realize that it is Coronary Heart Disease that is the number one killer in the United States not alcohol There are roughly 900000 persons admitted to US hospitals for strokes annually and 83000 admitted for Congestive Heart Failure Though they are not always fatal these diseases will leave its victims at varying levels of incapacitation Looking at specific age groups cardiovascular disease is the 1 killer of those age 65 and 2 killer of those age 25 64 This is a political issue for the US with so many lives lost to alcohol-related disease and accidents Leaders will not be perceived favorably by designating research money to study the health benefits of a drug responsible for damaging so many lives I believe it is this political climate which limits research in this area and I believe it is this climate that limits the amount of coverage the media provides about its possible benefits As I began to research this subject I was intrigued by the vast number of articles and studies on the health benefits of wine The industry has submitted a number of press releases attempting to counter the negative social stigma alcohol had developed circa 1992 - 98 These articles aside I found reputable sources with published
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