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WHO wants action as alcohol kills 3.3 million people in 2012

Published on May 12, 2014 8:17 PM
 
An employee places a bottle of vodka on a counter during the agro-industrial exhibition "Agrorus" in St. Petersburg on April 4, 2014. More than 3 million people died from using alcohol in 2012, for reasons ranging from cancer to violence, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Monday, as it called on governments to do more to limit the damage. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - More than 3 million people died from using alcohol in 2012, for reasons ranging from cancer to violence, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Monday, as it called on governments to do more to limit the damage.

"More needs to be done to protect populations from the negative health consequences of alcohol consumption," said Oleg Chestnov, a WHO expert on chronic disease and mental health.

He added there was "no room for complacency", warning that drinking too much kills more men then women, raises people's risk of developing more than 200 diseases, and killed 3.3 million people in 2012.

On average, according to the WHO report, every person in the world aged 15 years or older drinks 6.2 litres of pure alcohol per year. But less than half the population - 38.3 per cent - drinks, so those who do drink on average 17 litres of pure alcohol a year.

 
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