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Sobering News: Alcohol Kills More Than AIDS, TB Or Violence

Alcohol causes nearly 4 percent of deaths worldwide, more than AIDS, tuberculosis or violence, the World Health Organization warned on Friday.

Rising incomes have triggered more drinking in heavily populated countries in Africa and Asia, including India and South Africa, and binge drinking is a problem in many developed countries, the United Nations agency said.

Yet alcohol control policies are weak and remain a low priority for most governments despite drinking's heavy toll on society from road accidents, violence, disease, child neglect and job absenteeism, it said.

Approximately 2.5 million people die each year from alcohol related causes, the WHO said in its “Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health.” Full story.

Hmm…this along with the news that Idaho's liquor industry is growing.

I'm really looking forward to my glass of (non-Sutter Home, not that there's anything wrong with Sutter Home) wine while I cook dinner tonite.

How often do you enjoy an alcoholic beverage?

APhoto Of The Day — 4.15.10

A person dressed as a giant condom walks past visitors standing in a queue to visit the Red Ribbon express train, background, at a railway station in Hyderabad, India, Thursday. The Red Ribbon express train is traveling across the country as part of a campaign to spread awareness on HIV and AIDS. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

Top Cutlines:

  • 1. Letters read: object may may be smaller than it appears — Pecky Cox.
  • 2. Bollywood discovers that “Dickzilla” is not as frightening as its Japanese counterpart — Mavis.
  • 3. (tie) Clearly, this is where the rubber hits the road — Kevin Taylor, and: Apparently, in India size does matter — CindyH.
  • HM: Gary D. Rhodes

Bad News for Women

According to the World Health Organization, AIDS is the leading cause of death among women ages 15-44. http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2009/nov/10/aids-is-top-killer-of-women-who-says/

“Throughout the world, one in five deaths among women in this age group is linked to unsafe sex, according to the U.N. agency.”

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