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11th August 2018
Negative health effects of alcohol revisited

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

That alcohol has negative health is a fact known to all. Yet, excessive alcohol consumption, which includes binge drinking and heavy drinking, is very prevalent and is becoming a public health problem.

As per WHO estimates, worldwide, 3.3 million (~6%) deaths every year result from harmful use of alcohol. The harmful use of alcohol is a causal factor in more than 200 disease and injury conditions. The latest causal relationships have been established between harmful drinking and incidence of infectious diseases such as tuberculosis as well as the course of HIV/AIDS. Overall 5.1 % of the global burden of disease and injury is attributable to alcohol, as measured in disability- adjusted life years (WHO).

Here is a recap of the harmful health effects of alcohol, including social effects, which not only affect the individual, but also the family, friends and more

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Morning MEDTalks with Dr KK Aggarwal 11th August 2018

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Practice Updates

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Lifestyle choices can have a huge impact on fertility in both men and women
In more than 30% of the cases, the cause can be attributed to a problem in the male partner
New Delhi, 10 August 2018: According to recent estimates, 10% to 15% of married couples in India face infertility issues. Infertility is neither an urban phenomenon nor confined only to women. However, studies have shown that in nearly 30% of all infertility cases, the cause can be attributed to a problem in the man. Infertility evaluation should be undertaken for couples who have been unable to conceive even after 12 months of unprotected and frequent intercourse.

Infertility is broadly used to denote a range of conditions, which affect both men and women. It is important to understand that it is not just a woman's problem and raise awareness about male infertility and the causative factors as well.

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