Alcohol consumption in Europe is still cause for alarm despite decrease, says WHO

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 29 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i5279
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. London

A drop in alcohol consumption across Europe has not been accompanied by a fall in alcohol related deaths, a report by the World Health Organization has found.

In 1990 the average adult in WHO’s European region consumed 12 L of pure alcohol; by 2014 this figure had dropped to less than 11 L.1 The drop was largest in the Mediterranean region, where per capita consumption fell from 12 L in 1990 to 8 L in 2014. The western central region, which includes countries such as …

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