A recent report by the World Health Organization estimates that alcohol is responsible for over 5% of all deaths on the planet. Drinking alcohol is also associated with a higher risk for developing other health-related problems. This article also mentions strategies for addressing the issue.

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Globally, an estimated 3 million deaths are caused by alcohol per year. Deaths related to alcohol consumption disproportionately affect males, with the percentage of male deaths attributable to alcohol more than twice the percentage of female deaths due to alcohol use. A greater mortality rate of 13.5% is also found among young people in the 20-39 age group.


However, death is not the only health risk associated with drinking.  The report by the World Health Organization, which analyzed data from surveys across the world, also estimates that about 200 diseases and injuries are also caused by alcohol use. “Drinking alcohol is associated with a risk of developing health problems such as mental and behavioral disorders, including alcohol dependence, major noncommunicable diseases such as liver cirrhosis, some cancers and cardiovascular diseases, as well as injuries resulting from violence and road clashes and collisions,” the authors report. The effects of alcohol can manifest in multiple areas of a person’s life, including a person’s social life, finances, and career.


The authors of the report estimated that 237 million men and 46 million women drink excessively or abuse alcohol. However, in many countries including the U.S., trends are changing. Previous studies have indicated that heavy drinking and binge drinking are on the rise in the U.S., especially among minorities, older people, and women. On the other hand, in some countries in the Americas, Africa, Eastern Mediterranean and Europe, the percentage of drinkers has declined since 2000. Unfortunately, in the U.S., per capita consumption of alcohol is expected to rise in the next 10 years.


What methods may be used to curb this trend? Increasing alcohol taxes and restricting advertising may help decrease sales. In addition, information-based public health campaigns may help inform and depict the risks associated with excessive alcohol use. Drinking is a complex behavior, and biological, psychological and emotional factors can contribute to it . To learn more about worldwide drinking behavior, see the source content on the Forbes website. 


Although public health campaigns may be employed on a larger scale, change can happen locally through addiction treatment programs. Havyer’s innovative addiction treatment program features daily check-ins and an emphasis on support from loved ones. To learn more about an individualized approach to long-term recovery, contact us at info(at)hayver.com.