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alcoholAt the top of the newscast we told you about the death of a male person from Santa Rita Heights, his family indicated that he may have died as a result of consuming high volumes of alcohol. But if our records prove accurate, in a span of one month, 3 persons have lost their lives due to severe alcoholism due to multiple complications. And although drinking alcohol is a part of the culture in many societies and many people use it sensibly, its misuse has become a serious and worsening public health problem. Today we sat down with Medical Officer, Dr. Manuel Estrada, who says that most patients seeking help at the hospital are in denial of their drinking habits.


Dr. Manuel Estrada – Medical Officer, NRH


“I don’t know if it is the culture that we have in Belize but alcohol is a serious problem not only here on Orange Walk but country wide, alcohol have been related to several diseases for example liver failure, we have had chronic phsyrosis and as a result we have a lot of deaths due to alcohol abuse, alcohol is drug which is legal but it has social issues and it can also have health wise issues.”


Maria Novelo – Reporter


“And do you see a lot of complication due to the abuse of alcohol?”


Dr. Manuel Estrada – Medical Officer, NRH


“Yes we do see patients who come and they know that alcohol is their problem but yet they don’t accept it as such, they are aware that alcohol is harming their health but they are just in a denial state and then you cannot get help because first you have to accept that you have a problem and most of the person who abuse alcohol do not accept that they have a problem.”


Maria Novelo – Reporter


“How do you classify the abuse of alcohol?”


Dr. Manuel Estrada – Medical Officer, NRH


“According to WHO one beer or 4oz of alcohol and above that you are already classified as alcoholism per week”

 

It is of note that excessive alcohol consumption is one of the leading causes of preventable deaths in Belize, after traffic accidents, murder and poor eating and exercise habits.

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