Report: Every 10 Seconds, Someone Dies From Alcohol
The world is getting wasted, and with sometimes-fatal consequences. About 3.3 million people died in 2012 from problems related to alcohol use, ranging from violence to cancer, according to a report released today from the World Health Organisation (WHO). That’s one person every ten seconds. Yikes.
The universal average booze consumption among people aged 15 years or older is 6.2 liters of pure alcohol a year. But only about 38% of the global population drinks alcohol, bringing up the average per drinker to 17 liters a year (equivalent to 374 shots of vodka). About 16% of these drinkers partake in binge drinking, which is more harmful to health than daily, moderate drinking. Heavy alcohol use can lead to addiction; it also puts people at a higher risk of over 200 diseases, like tuberculosis and pneumonia, says the report.
The report also stats that: Europeans have the highest alcohol consumption per-capita (this has been the case for the past five years). Men are more likely than women to die from alcohol—though drinking among women is on the rise. And poorer people experience greater social and health consequences from alcohol, because ”they often lack quality health care and are less protected by functional family or community networks,” said Shekhar Saxena, head of the WHO’s Mental Health and Substance Abuse department.
The WHO called on countries to step up efforts to curb alcohol-related deaths and damages. Some countries are already working on this by increasing taxes on alcohol, raising the drinking age, and regulating alcohol advertising and marketing.
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