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WHO Chief Calls For Bold Action To Curb Alcohol Abuse

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The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has called for bold action to combat alcohol abuse as a new report highlighted 2.6 million deaths annually were attributable to alcohol consumption.

The WHO published the report, providing a comprehensive update based on 2019 data.

The data addressed the public health impact of alcohol and drug use and alcohol consumption and treatment of substance use disorders worldwide.

According to the WHO report, an estimated 400 million people live with alcohol and drug use disorders globally.

Of this, 209 million people lived with alcohol dependence.

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, noted the severe  impact of substance abuse on individual health.

He explained that it increases the risk of chronic diseases and mental health conditions and tragically results in millions of preventable deaths every year.

“It places a heavy burden on families and communities, increasing exposure to accidents, injuries, and violence,” Tedros observed.

The WHO Director-General declared that to build a healthier, more equitable society, the world must urgently commit to bold actions that reduce the adverse health and social consequences of alcohol consumption.

Tedros also spoke of the need to make treatment for substance use disorders accessible and affordable.

The highest proportion (13%) of alcohol-attributable deaths in 2019 were among young people aged 20–39 years.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Alcohol consumption is a major reason for Autism another major pandemic and a threat to Wisdom of Human race..Alcohol consumption takes away wisdom and mutates genes and affects future progeny…

  2. Almost every celebration, we celebrate with alcohol. And on the weekends, consumption of alcohol goes way up, don’t talk about Carnival time. And imagine, people are given such a hard time about using marijuana, a plant that grows naturally, and do not need to be processed in a factory like alcohol.

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