Alcohol, Josh Gordon and His Future in Football

NFL wide receiver Josh Gordon facing possible one-year suspension for testing positive for alcohol

One of the best wide receivers in the game just can’t seem to stay out of trouble.

Josh Gordon entered the NFL in 2012 after being kicked out of Baylor University for past drug problems. By 2013, Gordon led the league with 1,646 reception yards in only 14 games.

During the summer of 2014, the law caught back up with him when he was arrested July 5 for speeding in North Carolina. This caused Gordon to miss games until Nov. 23.

After violating the Browns’ team rules, Gordon was suspended. On Jan. 25 Gordon failed a drug test in which he tested positive for alcohol, which violates his suspension. This could mean a year of no football for Gordon.

A recent report released by the World Health Organization (WHO) found that harmful alcohol consumption took the lives of more than 3 million people worldwide in 2012.

This report explained that alcohol consumption was not only related to dependence and addiction, but many more health issues. Past research has tied alcohol consumption to an increased risk of more than 200 health conditions, such as heart disease, cancer and liver disease.

Vladimir Poznyak, MD, PhD, and Dag Rekve MSc, of the Management of Substance Abuse Unit in the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse of WHO in Geneva, Switzerland, were the lead editors of this WHO report.

Not all alcohol consumption is dangerous. Wine with dinner and other types of alcohol in very small portions are even thought to be healthy for some people. But when alcohol becomes an addiction and is consumed in large amounts, it can be dangerous.