3.3 Million Deaths Due to Alcohol Consumption in 2012

UNITED NATIONS, May 12 (UPI) –Alcohol consumption was responsible for 3.3 million deaths worldwide in 2012, the World Health Organization said in a new report. 

The report, which examined trends in 194 WHO member countries, noted Europe has the world’s highest per capita consumption rate of alcohol, although the rate has remained stable in the past five years. Drinking increased in Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific regions in that time.

It noted alcohol-related mortality is more commonplace for men than women — with 7.6 percent of deaths among men and 4 percent among women globally related to excessive drinking. Yet a similar 2011 study found 6.2 percent of all male deaths and only 1.1 percent of female deaths involved alcohol, which suggests a more substantial increase for women in alcohol-related deaths.

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