World Health Organization issues report on alcohol & health; calls on governments to do more

Three-point-three million people died from harmful alcohol use in 2012, according to a new report launched by the World Health Organization Monday.

The WHO report says alcohol consumption can cause increased risk of more than 200 diseases including cirrhosis and some cancers.

The report provides country profiles for alcohol consumption in the 194 who member states, and the impact on public health and policy responses.

"The report shows that the commitment that countries have made, to reduce the harmful use of alcohol by 10% before 2025 are not on track. So the world has to do more if it has to achieve the commitments that it has made," said Dr. Shekhar Saxena with the World Health Organization.

The report also encourages the need for countries to develop polices to reduce harmful alcohol use, national awareness campaigns and health services to increase prevention.

"In some parts of Europe and in some parts of America, the levels of consumption are high, though in the recent few years, they have a tendency to decrease," said Dr. Vladimir Poznyak with the World Health Organization.

Globally, Europe has the highest consumption of alcohol per capita, according to the WHO


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