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WHO: Global status report on alcohol and health 2018

Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) released their 2018 "Global status report on alcohol and health," a study that is conducted every four years. This comprehensive study found that in 2016 about 3 million deaths per year worldwide (or approximately 5.3 percent of all deaths) are due to "harmful use of alcohol," which is a decrease from their 2012 finding of 5.9 percent and that over "three-quarters of these deaths were among men." WHO also found that about 5.1 percent of the overall disease and injury burden worldwide can be attributed to alcohol. In addition to its findings, this report "gives detailed information on the consumption of alcohol in populations" and describes at the national level what countries are doing to further reduce alcohol's negative effects. Readers interested in learning more may download a PDF of the full 450-page report, which was edited by Vladimir Poznyak and Dag Rekve. WHO also provides their press release, fact sheets, and an infographic which summarizes the report's key findings.
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September 28th, 2018
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September 24th, 2018 at 4:24pm
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September 25th, 2018 at 1:57pm
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