Global status report on alcohol and health 2018


Global status report on alcohol and health 2018: 21 September 2018 – Geneva. More than 3 million people died as a result of harmful use of alcohol in 2016, according a report released by the World Health Organization (WHO). This represents 1 in 20 deaths. More than three quarters of these deaths were among men. Overall, the harmful use of alcohol causes more than 5% of the global disease burden.

“Far too many people, their families and communities suffer the consequences of the harmful use of alcohol through violence, injuries, mental health problems and diseases like cancer and stroke,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO. “It’s time to step up action to prevent this serious threat to the development of healthy societies.”

Harmful use of alcohol causes;

  • 100% of alcohol use disorders
    48% of liver cirrhosis
    26% of mouth cancers
    26% of pancreatitis
    20% of tuberculosis
    18% of suicides
    18% of interpersonal violence
    27% of traffic injuries
    11% of colorectal cancer
    13% of epilepsy
    7% of hypertensive
    heart disease
    5% of breast cancer

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Global status report on alcohol and health 2018

Global status report on alcohol and health 2018

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