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Alcohol kills 1 in 25 worldwide

Posted Nov 04 2009 10:05pm

by Marie Dufour, RD – Alcohol consumption is the cause of one in 25 deaths worldwide, one in 10 in Europe. World-average consumption is about 12 drinks per week, but Americans drink 50% more that the average (18/week). Along the Mediterranean, however, the consumption drops to 1.3 drinks per week. And in Asia, consumption is rapidly rising. The world is bingeing itself to death and global action needs to start now.

Health care professionals and consumer advocates need to initiate grass-roots approaches to arouse public awareness regarding the burden of alcohol over-consumption.

Ref: Jürgen Rehm, et al. – “Global burden of disease and injury and economic cost attributable to alcohol use and alcohol-use disorders;”   The Lancet, Volume 373, Issue 9682, Pages 2223 – 2233, 27 June 2009
doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(09)60746-7

Filed under: diet, alcohol, healthy living, Marie Dufour RD, Mediterranean Diet, public health

by Marie Dufour, RD – Alcohol consumption is the cause of one in 25 deaths worldwide, one in 10 in Europe. World-average consumption is about 12 drinks per week, but Americans drink 50% more that the average (18/week). Along the Mediterranean, however, the consumption drops to 1.3 drinks per week. And in Asia, consumption is rapidly rising. The world is bingeing itself to death and global action needs to start now.

Health care professionals and consumer advocates need to initiate grass-roots approaches to arouse public awareness regarding the burden of alcohol over-consumption.

Ref: Jürgen Rehm, et al. – “Global burden of disease and injury and economic cost attributable to alcohol use and alcohol-use disorders;”   The Lancet, Volume 373, Issue 9682, Pages 2223 – 2233, 27 June 2009
doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(09)60746-7

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