Mike Tyson, former heavyweight champion, announced last week that he is “on the verge of dying.” His impending death would be attributed to alcoholism. Tyson, 47, has been battling alcoholism and drugs for many years and has told others that he is sober all the while continuing the abuse. Tyson has also battled sexual abuse where he was the perpetrator. He has been in prison for rape and has a track record of unwanted advances towards women and girls as young as 11 years old.
Death from alcoholism is real as well as events occurring as a result of it. According to the CDC, more than 800,000 deaths are attributed to alcohol making it the third leading cause of deaths in the U.S. Some of the health risks and long term effects from using alcohol are:
- Unintentional injuries, including traffic injuries, falls, and drownings
- Domestic violence
- Risky sexual behaviors, including unprotected sex, sex with multiple partners, and increased risk of sexual assault.
- Alcohol poisoning
- Neurological problems, including permanent memory loss and stroke, cardiovascular problems
- Depression, anxiety, and suicide
- Liver diseases: alcoholic hepatitis and cirrhosis www.cdc.gov
Mike Tyson, formerly a resident in the Greater Cleveland area, now says he is six days sober with plans to never drink and do drugs again. This is great news for Tyson’s family, friends, and fans. Though there may be lasting effects of alcohol and drugs may be with Mike Tyson, the road to recovery is a winner!