Unic Press UK: In a report ‘Global status report on alcohol and health 2018’ published Friday, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that more than 3 million people died as a result of harmful use of alcohol in 2016, and this figure represents 1 in 20 deaths.
According to the WHO, the key findings in the report are:
- Worldwide, 3 million deaths every year result from harmful use of alcohol, this represent 5.3 % of all deaths.
- The harmful use of alcohol is a causal factor in more than 200 disease and injury conditions.
- Overall 5.1 % of the global burden of disease and injury is attributable to alcohol, as measured in disability-adjusted life years (DALYs).
- Alcohol consumption causes death and disability relatively early in life. In the age group 20–39 years approximately 13.5 % of the total deaths are alcohol-attributable.
- There is a causal relationship between harmful use of alcohol and a range of mental and behavioural disorders, other noncommunicable conditions as well as injuries.
- 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.
- Beyond health consequences, the harmful use of alcohol brings significant social and economic losses to individuals and society at large.