WHO: Alcohol Use Causes 1 in 20 Deaths
Most drinkers are fully aware that drinking is bad for them, but many aren’t aware of just how bad it can be. According to new research recently released by the World Health Organisation (WHO), 1 in 20 deaths are caused by alcohol consumption across the globe every year.
3 million people worldwide are killed each year through use of alcohol, and over 75% of people who die as a result of alcohol use are male.
Alcohol related disorders are most prevalent in richer countries, as stated in the latest WHO report. Around 237 million men and 46 million women are said to have alcohol related issues, particularly in the continent of Europe, within which alcohol impacts 14.8% of men and 3.5% of women. Following closely behind Europe is the Americas, with an estimated 11.5% of men and 5.1% of women overusing alcohol and suffering from conditions or issues as a result.
The WHO report also works to detail the differing conditions attributed to alcohol-induced deaths. It states that 28% of alcohol-related deaths were due to injuries. 21% were associated with digestive diseases, whilst 19% were caused by cardiovascular disease.
The report noted a list of other common causes, such as cancer, mental health issues, infectious disease and many other conditions often looked at in relation to frequent drinking and alcoholism.
The study authors concluded there is no such thing as a safe or healthy amount of alcohol consumption.
Perhaps the biggest conclusion to come out of the report is that which suggests there is no such thing as an amount of alcohol use that is ‘healthy’ or ‘safe.’ If anything, this should put into stark perspective how damaging excessive alcohol can be.