2.6 Million Die From THIS?!

(ReclaimingAmerica.net) – Alcohol is responsible for nearly three million deaths annually, according to a statement made by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The organization noted that although there has been a slight decline in the death rate in recent years, it still remains “unacceptably high,” Insider Paper reports.

The WHO’s latest report on alcohol and health indicates that alcohol is implicated in nearly one in 20 deaths worldwide each year, due to factors such as drink driving, alcohol-induced violence and abuse, and a range of diseases and disorders.

According to the report, alcohol consumption was linked to 2.6 million deaths in 2019—representing 4.7 percent of all global deaths that year, with men comprising nearly three-quarters of these fatalities.

“Substance use severely harms individual health, increasing the risk of chronic diseases, mental health conditions and tragically resulting in millions of preventable deaths every year,” stated WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

He acknowledged a reduction in alcohol consumption and related harm globally since 2010, but emphasized, “(But) the health and social burden due to alcohol use remains unacceptably high,” specifically noting the disproportionate impact on younger demographics.

The report highlights that the highest rate of alcohol-attributable deaths in 2019—13 percent—occurred among individuals aged 20 to 39.

Alcohol consumption is associated with several serious health conditions, including cirrhosis of the liver and various cancers.

It was found that of all alcohol-related deaths in 2019, approximately 1.6 million were due to non-communicable diseases, with 474,000 deaths from cardiovascular diseases, 401,000 from cancer, and a significant 724,000 from injuries, including traffic accidents and self-harm.

Furthermore, the report identified alcohol abuse as a contributing factor to increased vulnerability to infectious diseases like tuberculosis, HIV, and pneumonia.

In 2019, an estimated 209 million people were living with alcohol dependence, which constituted 3.7 percent of the global population.

Despite a slight decrease in total per capita consumption from 5.7 liters in 2010 to 5.5 liters in 2019, alcohol consumption patterns varied significantly worldwide.

The majority of the global population over the age of 15 abstains completely from alcohol.

However, Europe exhibited the highest per capita drinking levels at 9.2 liters, followed by the Americas at 7.5 liters, while the lowest consumption was observed in predominantly Muslim regions of Northern Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.

Among those who consumed alcohol in 2019, the average daily intake was 27g of pure alcohol, which is roughly equivalent to two glasses of wine, two small bottles of beer, or two shots of spirits.

“This level and frequency of drinking is associated with increased risks of numerous health conditions and associated mortality and disability,” the WHO cautioned.

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