Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Alcoholic-Related Problems Cause 2.8 Million Deaths per Year

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Alcoholic-Related Problems Cause 2.8 Million Deaths per Year

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FROM THE LANCET

A NEW STUDY FINDS that the optimal amount of alcohol that should be consumed for optimal health is straightforward: none.

"These results suggest that alcohol control policies might need to be revised worldwide, refocusing on efforts to lower overall population-level consumption," Max G. Griswold, of the University of Washington, Seattle, and his associates wrote in the Lancet.

About one-third of the earth's population --that's 2.4 billion people drinks alcohol, and 2.8 million deaths a year are caused by alcohol-related problems, according to the massive study, which estimated alcohol use and health effects in 195 countries.

Considerable variations were seen in alcohol consumption. In 2016, males overall consumed more than twice as many standard drinks per day as females: 1.70 versus 0.73. Alcohol consumption in those aged 15-95 years was highest in the top quintile of countries according to sociodemographic development for both males (2.9 drinks per day) and females (1.9) and lowest in the bottom quintile of countries for males (1.4) and the second-lowest quintile for females (0.3), Mr. Griswold and his associates reported.

Denmark had the highest prevalence of current drinkers of any country for both males (97%) and females (95%) in 2016; Pakistan was lowest for males (0.8%) and Bangladesh was lowest for females (0.3%). The United States had a prevalence of 72% for males and 60% for females, along with consumption rates of 3. …

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