By Ruth Limkin
The World Health Organisation recently released it’s “Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health”.
Did you know that the harmful use of alcohol is ‘the world’s leading risk factor for death among males aged 15-59‘.
Some things don’t mix too well apparently.
A few other things from the report include:
* Approximately 2.5 million people die every year from alcohol related causes, which is more than AIDS or Tuberculosis.
* “Worldwide, about 11 percent of drinkers have weekly heavy episodic drinking occasions, with men outnumbering women by four to one. Men consistently engage in hazardous drinking at much higher levels than women in all regions.”
* Alcohol is a causal factor in 60 types of diseases and injuries.
Interestingly though, for those who feel awkward refusing a drink in social settings, the majority of the world keep you company, with the report stating that “almost half of men and two-thirds of women did not drink alcohol at all“.