WHO: Alcohol causes 5.9 percent of deaths

Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol Addiction


Health News Update – The problem of alcohol is worldwide, according to data from the World Health Organization (WHO) every year 3.3 million deaths occur worldwide due to harmful consumption, representing 5.9 percent of all The deaths.

Overall, 5.1 percent of the global burden of morbidity and injury is attributable to alcohol consumption, calculated in terms of disability-adjusted life expectancy.

Latin America First Place In Consumption

The WHO indicates that in Latin America, Chile occupies the first place of consumption of alcohol with 9.6 liters per capita while Mexico occupies the tenth place with a consumption of 7.2 liters per capita.

According to the Federal Health Sector and the Alcohol and Family Assistance Center (CAAF), a specialized unit of the National Institute of Psychiatry Ramón de la Fuente Muñiz, of the Ministry of Health, people start with the consumption of alcohol for various causes , Mainly curiosity, followed by the invitation of friends, experimentation, family problems, influence of friends, acceptance of the group, at the invitation of relatives or depression.

Alcohol consumption causes death and disability at a relatively early age and there is also a causal relationship between harmful alcohol consumption and a number of mental disorders, in addition to noncommunicable diseases and injuries.

Causal relationships between harmful use and the incidence of infectious diseases such as tuberculosis and HIV / AIDS have recently been identified.


By man and woman. For the WHO an excessive consumption is when a woman ingests more than 40 grams and the man, 60 grams.

A standard alcoholic beverage contains between 12 and 15 grams of alcohol.

It is considered a health problem when you consume more than 50 grams in the case of women and 70 grams in the case of men.

It is important to note that the consumption of more than 60 grams of alcohol also causes damage to health and is now one of the main factors of morbidity, disability and mortality, as well as causing more than 200 diseases, causing around 303 Millions of deaths a year.