Four in 100 deaths worldwide are caused by alcohol, says WHOBMJ 2011; 342 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d1032 (Published 14 February 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1032
- John Zarocostas
Governments worldwide need to do more to cut harmful drinking, which causes an estimated 2.5 million deaths every year, says a report by the World Health Organization.
Harmful use of alcohol is now the world’s third leading risk factor for disease, said Shekhar Saxena, WHO’s director for non-communicable diseases.
He said, “There are 60 different kinds of diseases [in which] alcohol has a significant causal role, including [non-communicable diseases] such as cancers and cardiovascular diseases, and it also contributes to about 200 other diseases.”
WHO’s Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health says that alcohol misuse is a major factor contributing to death, disease, and injury to the drinker, through effects such as dependence, liver cirrhosis and pancreatitis, cancers (colorectal, breast, larynx, liver, …