WHO report finds 3 milion people died as a result of harmful use of alcohol in 2016

September 2018
More than 3 million people died as a result of harmful use of alcohol in 2016, according to the Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health 2018 released by the World Health Organization (WHO). This represents 1 in 20 deaths. More than three quarters of these deaths were among men. Of these deaths, 28% were due to injuries, such as those from traffic crashes; 21% due to digestive disorders; 19% due to cardiovascular diseases, and the remainder due to infectious diseases, cancers, mental disorders and other health conditions. Globally an estimated 237 million men and 46 million women suffer from alcohol-use disorders with the highest prevalence among men and women in the European region (14.8% and 3.5%) and the Region of Americas (11.5% and 5.1%).

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