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Alcohol use: global target to reduce harm is likely to be missed as intake rises

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 08 May 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l2099
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

The World Health Organization’s target to cut the harmful use of alcohol by 10% by 2025 is unlikely to be met, researchers have warned, after finding that the total volume consumed worldwide each year increased by 70% from 1990 to 2017.1

Alcohol intake rose by 0.6 L of pure alcohol per adult per year over that period (up from 5.9 L to 6.5 L), and this is predicted to rise by a further 1.1 L to reach 7.6 L by 2030, in a study reported in the Lancet. Although alcohol consumption in the UK dropped from 12.3 L in 2010 to 11.4 L in 2017, other countries saw increases.

Consumption rose by 34% …

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