The A-Files: Alcohol A-Z
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(May 01, 2016)
One in 10 adults in the U.S. knows that alcohol is a carcinogen. It's only the third-leading cause of preventable death and illness in the country! Every third grader in the U.S. knows tobacco smoke is carcinogenic and 'smoking kills.' The difference is in how we position alcohol education.
For the last half century, alcohol education spun on: 1) Alcohol is safe, and can be used responsibly as long as you aren't the alcoholic 2) You don't want to be the alcoholic 3) You'll die of cirrhosis or 4) You'll cause a car wreck. Paleolithic thinking. For the next decade, it will turn to health risks of drinking a toxin and known carcinogen, a drug, that even in moderate use causes $250 billion in economic damage every year.
The number one public health issue today isn't heroin use, Zika viruses or tainted drinking water. It's alcohol consumption.
This A-Z compilation spans 26 episodes (listed below) in HD hosted by multiple-award-winning recovery author and journalist, Scott Stevens. Each episode is about two minutes in length. The entire series is packed into one disc along with .pdf fact sheets to go along with each seqment.
"In 1967, the year I was born, 72 percent of adult males smoked. We didn't know the health risks to ourselves, let alone to others breathing our fumes. Fast forward two generations. Today, only 15 percent of adult males smoke. Because we've changed the way we educate about smoking. If we stand a chance of creating a healthier country, lower medical costs/cheaper premiums, increased productivity, and better access to health care, we're going to need to change the spin on alcohol education. Start younger (we teach 'smoking is bad' in kindergarten) AND shift the dialogue away from alcoholic use and impaired driving toward what alcohol does to otherwise healthy tissue in even moderate use."
Great companion tool for EAP/SAP providers, physicians, health educators, counselors, recovery coaches, social workers, interventionists and other helping professions.
Scott is a remarkable guy with very solid, very heartfelt, and very well documented advice on next steps. The award-winning author of three books reports on alcohol in a way that many medical folk, including psychiatrists, do not. His is a combination of intellect mastery and raw tragedy. His is not a sob story, not a poor wretched me, but rather an impassioned and thoughtful look at alcohol s lasting downstream damage to brain and body biology. He s taking alcoholic biology on the road with provocative trench insights. --Dr. Charles Parker, Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist, Board Certified in Psychiatry, author, and host of CoreBrain Journal.
Well-researched with a good amount of personal experience. We need more people from Stevens' viewpoint to tell their story in order to let the country know that there is another way to live. People are dying from alcohol. I like the way he compares it to smoking and the national movement to promote health by quitting. The money involved in the alcohol industry is certainly a driver in the whole equation, and as he presents this aspect of alcohol people should be infuriated. It is amazing that we have found a substance so utterly powerful over all of society, including the industry, profit, advertisement, DUI and drunk driving deaths, violence, broken relationships, incarceration, health issues, etcetera and that it remains loved, idolized and included in daily life planning of everything from parties, dining, and even taking a flight to weddings and celebrations, "Do we need alcohol? How much will it cost? How much do we need?" It has become an expectation. Great work! --Amazon.com
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