May 12, 2014
By Michael Kramer
There’s an urgent plea from the World Health Organization for goverenments to do more to fight alcohol abuse.
The W.H.O. says more than three million people died from using alcohol in 2012 – for reasons ranging from cancer to violence.
When averaged out, every person on earth aged 15 or older – drinks 6.2 litres of pure alcohol per year – but less than half of the population drinks, so those who do, swallow an average of 17 litres of pure alcohol a year.
The “Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health” covered 194 countries.
About 16 per cent of drinkers worldwide were found to engage in “binge-drinking,” which is the most harmful to health.
The health organization study states that more needs to be done to elevate awareness of the damage that alcohol can cause.
Around the world the report found that Europe’s population consumes the most alcohol per person – and some of its countries have excessively high rates of harmful drinking.