This page is a hub of scientific evidence providing a quick overview of alcohol-related harm around the world.
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- Alcohol is a toxic substance in terms of its direct and indirect effects on a wide range of body organs and is a causal factor in more than 200 disease and injury conditions.
- Taking all diseases and injuries at global level into account, the negative health impact of alcohol consumption is 31.6 times higher than the benefit.
- Alcohol consumption causes death and disability relatively early in life. In the age group 20 to 39 years approximately 25% of total deaths are alcohol-attributable.
- Globally, alcohol consumption is the fifth leading risk factor for premature death and disability; among people between the ages of 15 and 49, it is the first.
- Approximately 2.2% of the global adult population – meaning around 164 million people – suffered from a substance use disorder in 2016. An estimated 1.3% (more than 100 million people) had an alcohol use disorder in 2016. The prevalence of substance use disorders is highest across Eastern Europe and the United States, occurring in 5-6% of the population. This means around 1 person in 20 suffers from substance use disorders, with alcohol causing the biggest burden.