Friday, June 26, 2020

W.H.O. on alcohol

As a follow-up to this post from 2014, a poster from the World Health Organization.  The message is that much use of alcohol is harmful (and that by putting its ill-effects in numerous buckets, the harm is made to seem less).

In 2016, the harmful use of alcohol resulted in some 3 million deaths (5.3% of all deaths) worldwide and 132.6 million disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) – i.e. 5.1% of all DALYs in that year. Mortality resulting from alcohol consumption is higher than that caused by diseases such as tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and diabetes. Among men in 2016, an estimated 2.3 million deaths and 106.5 million DALYs were attributable to the consumption of alcohol. Women experienced 0.7 million deaths and 26.1 million DALYs attributable to alcohol consumption.