Alcohol's Unacceptable Burden

Over 3 million deaths in 2016 can be attributed to the harmful use of alcohol, the WHO revealed Friday in its global status report on alcohol and health.
That amounts to 1 in 20 deaths—three quarters among men—and over 5% of the global disease burden. Despite some positive steps, the overall burden of disease and injury caused by alcohol use is unacceptably high, particularly in Europe and the Americas, the WHO concluded.

The report breaks down deaths attributed to alcohol, including 28% due to injuries including traffic crashes, self-harm and interpersonal violence.

Responding to the threat, 4 major global health organizations teamed up this morning to release Trouble Brewing—a report warning of governments' failure to address the threat. The report details the alcohol industry’s influence on alcohol policy and identifies important interventions governments could take.

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