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This Kills More People than AIDS or Tuberculosis

This Kills More People than AIDS or Tuberculosis

April raises awareness for both Alcohol and Domestic Violence. Unfortunately, there is a great need for more awareness of both. My patients in and around menopause commonly discuss issues related to alcohol and if I ask about it, they discuss domestic violence issues with me as well. Sometimes the alcohol abuse is their drinking problem; but more often, their partner or spouse has a drinking problem and as consequence, so do they.

Alcohol is responsible for nearly 4 percent of deaths worldwide, and according to the World Health Organization, alcohol kills more people than AIDS, tuberculosis or violence. According to the CDC, alcohol abuse kills about 80,000 Americans annually, results in more than 1.2 million emergency room visits and 2.7 million physician office visits are due to excessive drinking. The economic costs of excessive alcohol consumption in 2006 were estimated at $223.5 billion. It’s the third leading cause of preventable death in the United States,  and 72 percent of those who die are men.

For some women, the consequence of an alcoholic spouse is enduring violence, abuse and assault. I’ve written about sexual assault and rape before in one of my blogs. So it’s not surprising that April is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It is a terrible fact that on average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States, and 54 percent of sexual assaults are never reported to the police, according to the CDC. In addition, more than 1 million women are raped in a year and over 6 million women and men are victims of stalking in a year.

If you are in a relationship where alcohol is affecting the quality of your life or safety, or you are a victim of sexual assault, don’t keep it a secret. Tell your doctor, clergy or other trusted professional and seek help. That’s always the right thing to do.

A major part of HealthRock’s mission is to incorporate music with important health messages. To help spread the word on both alcohol abuse and domestic violence, I’m making available two HealthRock songs: Beer Brain Blues and Love Doesn’t Hurt. CLICK the song title to get instant access to your FREE download.

For many women, alcohol and domestic violence are a source of diminished sexual function or intimacy. For that reason I’ve created a 6 CD audio program to help with these problems.It’s called Better Sex, Better Intimacy.  Click Here to learn more.

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Dr. Mache Seibel

Women's health expert and guest speaker Dr. Mache Seibel addresses consumers' critical needs from weight control to HRTmenopause and beyond. He served on the Harvard Medical School faculty for 19 years and is founder of My Menopause Magazine on the Apple Newsstand (http://bit.ly/MyMenoMag). Download the Free App and first Free issue. He works with companies and organizations to bring exciting educational content to consumers. Visit his award-winning website DoctorSeibel.com to sign up for his free monthly newsletter.

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9:12AM PDT on Jul 10, 2013

noted

6:33AM PDT on Jul 7, 2013

thanks for the info, even though I don't drink

12:34PM PDT on Jun 15, 2013

Ihave never drunk alcohol ...never felt the need and was disgusted with behaviour of girls I saw drinking when I was working in a hotel as a school girl. Thankfully, never witnessed any form of physiacl abuse.

5:19AM PDT on May 20, 2013

Thank you.

9:07PM PDT on May 18, 2013

People need to be taught how to handle alcohol more responsibly.

7:22AM PDT on May 15, 2013

They outlawed big drinks in New York, so why don't they outlaw alcohol--and cigarettes?

1:17AM PDT on May 11, 2013

Drinking in moderation is not always a good idea. That's just me.

6:24PM PDT on May 7, 2013

Thank you Dr. Lesson learned again, everything in moderation. Thanks for the links.

10:03PM PDT on May 5, 2013

Thanks!

8:54PM PDT on May 5, 2013

and for $96 he will be glad to tell you all the answers.

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