Academic journal article Canadian Journal of Public Health

Global Status Report on Alcohol 2004

Academic journal article Canadian Journal of Public Health

Global Status Report on Alcohol 2004

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Global Status Report on Alcohol 2004 World Health Organization. Geneva, Switzerland: WHO, 2004

The Global Status Report on Alcohol 2004 is an updated edition of an earlier report (1999) with the same title. It is an excellent reference source for teachers, students, policy-makers and social scientists. The WHO estimates that 76 million people worldwide have diagnosable alcohol use disorders, and that alcohol consumption is related to more than 60 types of diseases and injury. Alcohol use and abuse are important in our societies.

This report consists of two parts: the first, in print format, is an overview and comparative analysis of regional and global indicators; the second, in CD-ROM format, presents 189 individual country profiles.

The 8-page Canadian profile consists of data on use, heavy episodic use and consequences. After having peaked in the early 1970s, Canadian use is now slightly more per capita than in the early 1960s. The sources for most of these data are the 1998-9 National Population Survey and the 2000-1 Canadian Community Health Survey. Data on each country is limited; however, there are some interesting regional comparisons. …

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