Mon, May 26, 2014 at 10:41 PM
Alcohol related death toll rises to 3.3 million in 2012 – ‘WHO’
People with low-income background are especially at a high risk of alcohol related problems due to low or no access to proper healthcare and poor knowledge of hygiene. In addition they are less protected by functional community or family networks. Alcohol causes a very easy addiction, which can lead to more than 200 diseases, including various cancers and organ failures.
According to WHO (World Health Organization), alcohol caused 3.3 million total deaths in 2012. It was found that about 16% of alcoholics drink heavily on a daily basis. According to doctors, this episodic drinking is more dangerous than a few casual drinks.
WHO has called the governments to take better action to reduce such extensive drinking by implementing measures such as raising the age limits and proper marketing regarding the regulation of alcohol. According to an annual report regarding alcohol consumption by WHO, around 40% of the world consumes alcohol. Among alcoholics, more men die because of alcohol as compared to women. Over 7% of men and 4% of women die due to alcohol related causes.
If we check globally, European citizens consume the most alcohol. Consumption rates, though, have been static in all regions besides a steady increase in South East Asia and the Western Pacific. The risk factors pertaining to alcohol are many, and can affect the human body and corrupt it in many different ways.