World Health Organization (WHO) says alcohol kills three million people each year more than AIDS, violence and road accidents combined and men account for more than 75% of these deaths according to a report released on Friday.
The report says alcohol causes more than one in 20 deaths globally each year, including drink driving, alcohol-induced violence and abuse and scores of diseases and disorders.
Drinking is linked to more than 200 health conditions, including liver cirrhosis and some cancers. Alcohol abuse also makes people more susceptible to infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, HIV and pneumonia, the report found.
Globally, an estimated 237 million men and 46 million women suffer from alcohol use edisorders.
The UN health agency urged countries to do more to counter harmful drinking practices and to reach a goal of cutting global consumption by 10 percent between 2010 and 2025.
“Far too many people, their families and communities suffer the consequences of the harmful use of alcohol,” said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of WHO. “It’s time to step up action to prevent this serious threat to the development of healthy societies. We would like to see Member States implement creative solutions that will save lives, such as taxing alcohol and restricting advertising.”
Meanwhile, a recent study found that no amount of alcohol is safe for your overall health, with any benefits offset by higher risks of cancer, cardiovascular disease and other conditions.
“While there may be a slight benefit to heart and circulatory health from modest drinking, many studies have shown that the overall health risks of drinking alcohol outweigh any benefits,” said Jeremy Pearson, associate medical director at the British Heart Foundation.