Three million people and above died as a result of the harmful use of alcohol in 2016, according to a report released by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday.
This represents one in 20 deaths and more than three-quarters of these deaths were amongst men.
The damaging use of alcohol, generally, causes more than five percent of the global disease burden, according to its release copied to Universnewsroom.com
WHO’s Global status report on alcohol and health 2018 presented an all-inclusive picture of alcohol intake and the disease affliction attributable to alcohol worldwide.
It also described what countries were doing to reduce this burden.
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO, said “For 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.
“It’s time to step up action to prevent this serious threat to the development of healthy societies.
“We would like to see Member States implement creative solutions that will save lives, such as taxing alcohol and restricting advertising.
“We must do more to cut demand and reach the target set by governments of a 10per cent relative reduction in consumption of alcohol globally between 2010 and 2025,” added Dr. Tedros.
Of all deaths attributable to alcohol, 28 percent were due to injuries, such as those from traffic crashes, self-harm and interpersonal violence; 21 percent due to digestive disorders; 19 percent due to cardiovascular diseases, and the remainder due to infectious diseases, cancers, mental disorders, and other health conditions.
Despite some encouraging global trends in the prevalence of heavy episodic drinking and number of alcohol-related deaths since 2010, the overall burden of disease and injuries caused by the harmful use of alcohol is excessively high, particularly in the European Region and the Region of Americas.