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Study: 1 In Every 20 People Died From Harmful Use Of Alcohol In 2016

The report says over 3 million people died from alcohol-related deaths — and about 75 percent of them were men.
Posted at 2:28 AM, Sep 24, 2018

More than three million people died from alcohol-related deaths in 2016. That comes out to about 1 in every 20 deaths around the world. That's according to a new study by the World Health Organization.

Researchers concluded 28 percent were from injuries, like car crashes, self-harm or violence; 21 percent came from digestive disorders; 19 percent were due to cardiovascular diseases; the rest were from infectious diseases, cancers, mental disorders and other health conditions.

About 75 percent of the deaths were men.

The WHO says more than 280 million people suffer from alcohol-use disorders, the highest percentage come from the European Region, as well as North, South and Central America. "Alcohol-use disorders are more common in high-income countries," according to the organization.

In August, Newsy reported a study by The Lancet that found no amount of alcohol is beneficial to a person's health.

An official at the WHO says all countries can do more to reduce alcohol abuse and alcohol-related deaths by taxing alcoholic beverages, putting restrictions on alcohol-related advertising and restricting its availability.