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Alcohol Causes Cancer

New evidence of alcohol industry distortion of science

It is well known in the scientific literature that alcohol is a causative agent in at least seven different types of cancer including two of the commonest – breast and colorectal – but also including mouth, pharynx, larynx, oesophagus, and liver. The evidence is based on over 100 studies since 2007, and the risk is not simply associated with heavy drinking; quite moderate amounts of alcohol are associated with an increased risk of cancer.

However, the public is surprisingly ignorant of these facts and one of the main reasons for this appears to be distortion of the evidence by the alcohol industry.

New research from Professor Mark Petticrew of the London School

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The War on Drugs

And the politics of profit

Richard Branson made headlines some time ago with his declaration that the UN was about to announce a recommendation to end the war on drugs, however this seems to have been a misunderstanding because the UN was only talking about decriminalising the possession of small amounts of drugs as a partial solution to help stop the spread of HIV.

Drug use is seen by many as an antisocial epidemic, but for the majority of people, it’s just another crime or taboo so why do people use drugs?

In ancient tribal cultures, drugs were used to open the windows of perception and develop altered states of consciousness. The Shamen were able to connect with the movement

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Alcohol Related Harm

And how to resolve this problem

Temptation

The concern of authorities in most countries and what is most talked about in the media is the harm associated with illegal drugs such as cannabis, heroin and the new synthetic drugs. The authorities in most countries have accepted that tobacco is harmful to human health and they are beginning to do something about it, yet many problems remain with alcohol.

Twenty-five to forty percent of all patients in U.S. general hospital beds (not in maternity or intensive care) are being treated for complications of alcohol-related problems and the total cost of alcohol problems is $175.9 billion a year according to the Alcohol Policy MD.

A 2009 study, applying

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Alcohol

And the Tragedy of Western Civilisation

Alcohol has been a part of our civilisation for a very long time and it is generally thought that the discovery of alcohol was an accident because someone noticed that when grain is left in a wet state, fermentation occurs and alcohol is produced.

If we step back into antiquity, we know that bread and beer were currencies in some civilisations, but the alcohol content of the beer in ancient times was extremely low and it was virtually impossible to get drunk.

However over the last 10,000 years, the development of agriculture and the growth of civilisation began to give people leisure time in which they were free to experiment with different aspects

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Kava

Piper methysticum

Commonly known as ’awa (in Hawai’i), yaqona (in Fiji), kavakava, intoxicating pepper, ava and gea, Kava may have originated in Indonesia, but was distributed throughout the Pacific in pre-European times, where it is still commonly used. It is the national drink of Fiji, where it is drunk in a similar manner to alcohol for its tranquillizing effects.

However, in Samoa it is still considered sacred, and its consumption is restricted to chiefs and important dignitaries. Traditionally, the root was prepared by virgins who would chew it until the fibres were broken down. They would then spit the mass into a tanoa (a traditional kava bowl), and it would be mixed with water to obtain the desired strength. Today,

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Getting Drunk

Under the influence of alcohol

A man had been drinking at a pub all night. The bartender finally said that the pub is closing. So the drunk stood up to leave and fell flat on his face.

He tried to stand one more time; same result. He figured he’ll crawl outside and get some fresh air and maybe that will sober him up. Once outside, he stood up and fell flat on his face. So he decided to crawl the four blocks to his home.

When he arrived at the door he stood up and again fell flat on his face. He crawled through the door and into his bedroom. When he reached his bed he tried one more time

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