WHO Warns That Alcohol Abuse Kills 3 Million A Year, Mostly Men


More than 3 million people die every year due to alcohol abuse, WHO warns. Also, according to the recent report, most of them are men, and about 30% of those people die due to injuries, such as traffic accidents, self-harm, and interpersonal violence. Additionally, according to WHO, the situation is not going to be better in the future as the alcohol consumption levels are expected to grow in the next ten years.

“It’s time to step up action to prevent this serious threat to the development of healthy societies. Far too many people, their families, and communities suffer the consequences of the harmful use of alcohol,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO’s director-general.

The WHO’s Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health 2018 also estimates that, globally, about 237 million men and 46 million women are frequent drinkers or alcohol abusers. In this regard, Europe and both North and South America are the leaders. Also, the highest alcohol consumption rates are found in wealthier countries.

Alcohol abuse kills 3 million a year, but the alcohol consumption rates are expected to surge

Approximately 2.3 billion people worldwide drink alcohol, while the average daily intake is 33 grams of pure alcohol. That’s roughly amounting to 150 ml of wine, 750 ml of beer, or about 100 ml of spirits.

Europe presents the highest alcohol consumption rate, followed by both Americas. Also, the WHO report says that the alcohol intake rates would surge especially in Southeast Asia, the western Pacific, and the Americas.

“All countries can do much more to reduce the health and social costs of the harmful use of alcohol,” said Vladimir Poznyak from the WHO.

At a global level, 45% of the worldwide alcohol consumed is in the form of spirits, while the beer consumption comes second with 34%, while wine is only on the third place with 12%.

In short, the recent WHO report states that alcohol abuse kills more than 3 million people a year, mostly men.


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