July 21, 2024
2.6 Million Die Annually Due To Alcohol According to The WHO
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2.6 Million Die Annually Due To Alcohol According to The WHO

Alcohol kills nearly three million people annually, the World Health Organization, WHO, said on Tuesday, as it added that despite the drop in the number of deaths, the figure remained unacceptably high.

The world body’s latest report on alcohol and health said alcohol causes nearly one in 20 deaths globally each year, through drink driving, alcohol-induced violence and abuse, and a multitude of diseases and disorders.

The report also said the 2.6 million deaths attributed to alcohol consumption in 2019, accounted for 4.7 percent of all deaths worldwide that year, with nearly three-quarters of those deaths being men.

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According to WHO Director General Tedros Ghebreyesus, substance use severely harms individual health, increasing the risk of chronic diseases, mental health conditions, and tragically results in millions of preventable deaths every year.