Harmful Alcohol Use Kills More Than 3 Million A Year Globally, New WHO Report Says – RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

The harmful use of alcohol killed more than 3 million people in 2016, representing 1-in-20 deaths worldwide, a new study by the World Health Organization (WHO) says.

The Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health 2018, published on September 21 by the Geneva-based UN organization, also said that drinking rates in countries such as Russia, Moldova, and Belarus show signs of decline over the past decade.

The report said that globally, more than three-fourths of the deaths from alcohol use were among men.

“Far too many people, their families, and communities suffer the consequences of the harmful use of alcohol through violence, injuries, mental health problems, and diseases like cancer and stroke,” said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO director-general.

Of the deaths, 28 percent were due to injuries, such as traffic accidents; 21 percent were from digestive disorders; 19 percent from cardiovascular diseases; and the rest from infectious diseases, cancers, mental disorders, and other health conditions, it said.

“Globally, an estimated 237 million men and 46 million women suffer from alcohol-use disorders, with the highest prevalence among men and women in the European region,” it said, adding that alcohol-use disorders are more common in high-income countries.

The report estimated that 2.3 billion people drink alcohol, with more than half of the population in three regions — the Americas, Europe and the Western Pacific — consuming alcohol.

In individual countries, the WHO said the sharpest decreases in consumption over the past decade were found in the formerly highest-consuming nations such as Russian (from 18.7 liters in 2005 to 11.7 liters in 2016), Moldova (from 21.6 liters in 2005 to 15.1 liters in 2016), and Belarus (from 15.3 liters in 2005 to 11.2 liters in 2016).

But it warned that “heavy episodic drinking” — defined as 60 or more grams

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Alcohol poisoning: Employers told to monitor foreign workers – Free Malaysia Today

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IPOH: Employers of foreign workers have been urged to monitor them following the recent cases of toxic alcohol poisoning which caused the death of dozens of people including foreigners.

Human Resources Minister M Kulasegaran said low-cost liquor was often the choice of foreigners, and that some of them could produce their own alcoholic beverages.

“I hope employers in this country will take immediate action by conducting checks on foreign workers’ residential premises if they are taking dangerous alcoholic beverages to avoid a worsening toxic alcohol poisoning situation.

“We want foreign workers who are willing to stay away from their families to come here and earn a good income, not become victims of alcohol poisoning,” he told reporters at the Healthy Lifestyle Programme Together with the Human Resources Minister at Bukit Kledang, Menglembu here today.

He had been asked to comment on the cases of toxic alcohol poisoning which led to the deaths of a number of foreign workers including from Nepal, Bangladesh and Myanmar.

Since Monday, over 20 people both foreign and local have died or been hospitalised in the Klang Valley and Perak due to toxic alcohol poisoning.

Kulasegaran said the Cabinet in its meeting on Wednesday had instructed the ministry responsible to take firm action and conduct more stringent monitoring of premises owners who were found to be selling low-quality liquor.

“We (the Cabinet) suggest that strict action be taken as the sale of alcoholic beverages is readily available. The people are advised not to take low quality liquor to avoid any untoward incidents,” he said.

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Commentary: The Great American Beer Festival is still great – 9News.com KUSA

If you haven’t noticed, Kyle’s been out this week. Because: beer. He had something he wanted to get off his chest though.

Published: 7:31 PM MDT September 21, 2018

Updated: 2:31 PM MDT September 21, 2018

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Report: Harmful alcohol use kills more than 3 million annually – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Some sobering news from a worldwide study. Alcohol abuse claims the lives of 3 million people annually, asserted a recent report released by the World Health Organization.

Nearly as harrowing is the fact that alcoholism accounted for one out of every 20 deaths in 2016 caused by a disease.

“Far too many people, their families and communities suffer the consequences of the harmful use of alcohol through violence, mental health problems and diseases like cancer and stroke,” stated Director-General of the WHO, Dr. Tedros Adhanom. “It’s time to step up action to prevent this serious threat to the development of healthy societies.”

The number of projected drinkers within the next decade is expected to increase in the Americas, Western Pacific region and southeast Asia, the report indicated.

“All countries can do much more to reduce the health and social costs of the harmful use of alcohol,” said Dr. Vladimir Poznyak, WHO’s coordinator of Substance Abuse Management. “Proven, cost-effective actions include increasing taxes on alcoholic drinks, bans or restrictions on alcohol advertising, and restricting the physical availability of alcohol.”

Globally, 45 percent of consumed alcohol is imbibed in the form of spirits, which is followed by beer (34 percent) and wine (12 percent).

The worldwide average of daily alcohol consumption was 33 grams of pure alcohol, roughly a 25-ounce bottle of beer, two shots of hard liquor or two glasses of wine.

But the report does offer some optimism. More than 3.1 billion people of Earth over the age of 15 had abstained from any potent potable over the past year.

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UMass fraternity indicted on charges of hazing, providing a minor with alcohol – GazetteNET

AMHERST — Four indictments against a University of Massachusetts fraternity have been returned by a Hampshire County grand jury related to alleged hazing incidents and procuring alcohol for a minor last fall. One of the incidents led to a student being hospitalized for alcohol poisoning.

The indictments, announced by the Northwestern district attorney’s office Friday, charge the Theta Mu chapter of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, located at 374 North Pleasant St. in Amherst, as a corporate entity following the November 2017 incidents. The district attorney’s office investigated the incidents with the Amherst Police Department.

Northwestern First Assistant District Attorney Steven Gagne said in an email to the Gazette that indictments against corporate entities are fairly unusual, but hardly unprecedented.

“It’s something you see more frequently coming out of the attorney general’s office than a local district attorney’s office,” Gagne wrote. “But I know this is not the first time that a fraternity has been indicted.”

He pointed to a 1998 indictment of a fraternity at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology after a student died following an evening of heavy drinking.

An arraignment date in Hampshire Superior Court in Northampton has not yet been scheduled.

UMass spokesman Edward Blaguszewski called the alleged behavior by the Theta Mu chapter of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity “deeply disturbing.”

“The University of Massachusetts Amherst condemns hazing by fraternities or any registered student organization,” Blaguszewski said in a statement, adding that the university fully cooperated with law enforcement officials, which led the investigation.

An interim suspension was put in place immediately after the incident was reported by Amherst Police last November, Blaguszewski said. This barred members from all official social and recruitment activities. With the indictments, Theta Mu chapter activities are suspended under provisions of the code of student conduct, he said.

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