Alcohol-related deaths on the rise globally

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Findings published in the June 27 issue of the Lacet reveal that nearly 4% of deaths globally can be attributed to drinking. The authors reviewed numerous studies that examine the relationship between drinking and early death and disability. According to the study, in 2004 alcohol was the cause of 71 million disability adjusted life-years (DALYs- years lost to premature death or disability). The authors commented on the findings, saying, “Overall, our analysis shows that alcohol consumption is a major risk factor for burden of disease… alcohol is linked to many disease categories, but alcohol-use disorders, cancer, cardiovascular disease, liver cirrhosis, and injury are the most important disease categories causally affected by alcohol.” Click here to read an article from CBS News that discusses the study more.

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