Alcohol claimed millions of life within a single year, according to a latest report from the World Health Organization (WHO).
The “Global status report on alcohol and health 2014” launched in Geneva on Monday, May 12, cited nearly 3.3 million deaths associated with alcohol consumption in the year 2012. The report found various reasons including deadly diseases like liver cirrhosis, cancer or violence, injuries, leading to this occurrence.
The report covered 194 WHO Member States, including India, Unites States and UK. According to the report, if everyone aged above 15 consumed alcohol, each person will consume nearly 6.2 litres of pure alcohol annually. However, the report found that only 38.3 percent of the population was addicted to alcohol, making the total consumption per person to 17 litres per year.
Apart from these, the researchers were surprised to find more women becoming addicted to alcohol over the past few years. “We found that worldwide about 16% of drinkers engage in heavy episodic drinking – often referred to as ‘binge-drinking’ – which is the most harmful to health,” Dr Shekhar Saxena, Director for Mental Health and Substance Abuse at WHO, said in a news release.
Concerned with the high death rates related to alcohol, authorities urged the need for stronger rules to prevent the occurrence. “More needs to be done to protect populations from the negative health consequences of alcohol consumption,” Dr Oleg Chestnov, WHO Assistant Director-General for Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health, said. “The report clearly shows that there is no room for complacency when it comes to reducing the harmful use of alcohol.”