Worldwide Alcohol Consumption

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After the World Health Organization’s Global status report on alcohol and health 2014 about 3.3 million deaths (5.9% of all global deaths) were attributable to alcohol consumption ?

The 7.6% of that deaths are among males and 4.0% females. Also, 5.1% of the global burden of disease and injury were attributable to alcohol consumption. Males also have a greater rate of total burden of disease attributable to alcohol than females (7.4% for men and 2.3% for women).

 Worldwide alcohol consumption was equal to 6.2 litres of alcohol per person aged 15 years or older. About 16.0% of drinkers engage in heavy episodicdrinking.

Females are more often lifetime abstainers than males.

In general, high-income countries have the highest alcohol per capita consumption.

Children, adolescents and elderly people are more vulnerable to alcohol.

A greater proportion of the total alcohol consumed by young people is consumed during heavy drinking episodes. Young people also may engage in more reckless behaviour while drunk.
Older drinkers typically consume alcohol more frequently than other age groups. As people grow older, their bodies are less able to handle the same levels of alcohol consumption as in previous life years.

Women may be more vulnerable to alcohol.The vulnerability of women may be explained by that factors: lower body weight, smaller liver capacity to metabolize alcohol, higher proportion of body fat, etc., all contribute to women higher blood alcohol concentrations than men for the same amount of alcohol intake.


(Edited by Dr. María Moya Guirao, MD)

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