As reported by the Agence France-Presse, the World Health Organization, an agency of the United Nations, released findings earlier this week that alcohol consumption is on the rise worldwide and causes one in twenty deaths globally every year. This translates to one death every ten seconds.
In 2012, deaths from drunk driving, alcohol-induced violence and a multitude of diseases and disorders, including liver cirrhosis, were estimated at 3.3 million. The casualties were higher for men (7.6 percent of all deaths) than for women (4 percent of all deaths).
Part of the reason for the increased fatalities was a surge in alcohol-related deaths in India and China, where drinking has become more common as standards of living have increased. Eastern Europe and Russia remain the world’s heaviest drinkers per capita.
While over 200 different health conditions are attributable in whole or part to excessive drinking, the second-highest factor was alcohol-related accidents, which accounted for about 17 percent of all alcohol-related deaths.