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Facts on Alcohol


  • The harmful use of alcohol is the third leading risk factor for premature death and disability 
  • worldwide; 4.5% of the global burden of disease as measured in disability-adjusted life years [1].
  • Alcohol use shows a unique geographic and gender pattern; highest burden for men in Africa, middle-income countries of the Americas and some high-income countries [1].
  • Alcohol is known as a causal factor in 60 types of diseases and injuries and a contributing factor in 200 others [2].


1. World Health Organization Global Health Risks: Mortality and burden of disease attributable to selected major risks, Geneva, 2009

2. World Health Organization Global status report on alcohol and health. Geneva, Switzerland, 2011