ALCOHOL CAUSES HIGHER MORTALITY

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According to European researchers, the mortality of alcohol-dependent patients in general hospitals is many times higher than that of patients without alcohol dependency.

The study was published in the journal European Psychiatry and carried out by scientists from the department of psychiatry and psychotherapy at the University of Bonn Hospital in Germany and their British colleagues, using patient data from various general hospitals in Manchester, England.

The study further found that alcoholics who were treated in general hospitals for health problems die an average of 7.6 years earlier than non-alcohol dependent patients due to the interaction of several concomitant physical illnesses.

Finally, a total of 27 physical illnesses occur more often in patients with alcohol addiction: liver, pancreas, airways, gastrointestinal tract and the nervous system.

http://www.europsy-journal.com/article/S0924-9338(15)00082-6/abstract?cc=y