WHO: Over 3 Million Alcohol-Related Deaths Annually
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The World Health Organization (WHO) is urging governments to develop strategies to reduce alcohol consumption, particularly in areas where drinking rates are increasing like South-East Asia and the Western Pacific. Over 3 million people died from alcohol-related deaths in 2012 due to causes such as cancer and violence; heavy alcohol consumption also increases the risk of developing over 200 diseases. Approximately 16% of the population worldwide engages in heavy episodic drinking and lower socioeconomic status is linked to a greater impact of the social and health consequences of alcohol. In addition to raising awareness about the potential damage of alcohol abuse, the WHO is encouraging governments to implement measures like increasing taxes on alcohol, limiting its availability by raising age limits, and regulating marketing.
"More needs to be done to protect populations from the negative health consequences of alcohol consumption," said Oleg Chestnov, a WHO expert on chronic disease and mental health. He added there was "no room for complacency", warning that drinking too much kills more men then women, raises ...
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