The use of alcohol has been one of the leading causes of death in the world. This conclusion was made by specialists of the World Health Organization (WHO).
It is noted that every twentieth death in the world is associated with drunk driving or with diseases caused by alcohol abuse. This figure exceeds the number of deaths from AIDS, road accidents and violent crimes combined.
Three quarters of all deaths associated with alcohol are men. WHO estimates that worldwide, 237 million men and 46 million women suffer from alcohol-related illnesses.
According to experts, most alcoholic drinks are consumed in Europe. At the same time in the WHO indicate that in Russia, Moldova and Belarus, this trend is on the decline.
Earlier, the Director-General of WHO urged states to impose additional taxes on alcohol and limit advertising in order to reduce its consumption.