Alcohol deaths are on the rise. WHO released a new report on May 12 that revealed that deaths due to alcohol are increasing. In 2012, 3.3 million died due to illnesses related to drinking too much. Several diseases are blamed on alcohol overconsumption. Fox News reported on this new shocking report on Monday.
This report clearly focuses on heavy drinkers. Those that drink occasionally are not at risk from diseases that impact those that go to extremes with their alcohol consumption. Dr. Shekhar Saxena from WHO said the following about the report and those that need to take note of it: "We found that worldwide about 16 percent of drinkers engage in heavy episodic drinking often referred to as binge drinking which is the most harmful to health."
Because of this new report, WHO is asking governments to make changes in legislation that will make it harder for people to drink. Some of these changes include raising the legal age limit and new regulations on the marketing of alcoholic beverages.
Worldwide, the amount of people that drink alcohol is 40%. That is almost half of the world's population. Those that fall on the lower income scale are more likely to drink to excess. When they do, they have less access to quality healthcare and assistance from others to help them deal with their issues.
The report also revealed that men are more likely to die because of alcohol related illnesses. The report revealed that seven percent of men could be connected to alcohol. This number is only four percent. However, women can be deal with different illnesses that won't impact the male of the species.
This report also revealed where people tend to drink the most. One might think that is in the United States, but it is actually Europeans that drink more. They have remained steadily on top of that chart for the last several years, but the western Pacific has also shown an increase in alcohol consumption.
This new WHO report is not the only recent study to look at alcohol consumption. A study by Oxford revealed that Russians that die before the age of 55 are most likely dying due to high vodka consumption. Sir Richard Peto said the following about that study, according to the University Herald: "Russian death rates have fluctuated wildly over the past 30 years as alcohol restrictions and social stability varied under Presidents Gorbachev, Yeltsin, and Putin, and the main thing driving these wild fluctuations in death was vodka."
With WHO calling for stricter legislation, one does have to wonder if that will help curb the amount of alcohol people drink. During the 1920s, prohibition was put into place to stop the consumption of alchol. With legislation making alcohol illegal, people went underground to drink. Legal or not, people will drink. It a person's choice to drink. However, heavy drinking will likely cause more health problems that will lead to a shorter life.
What do you think about this study? Will it cause you to drink any less?