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3.3 million deaths, or 5.9% of all global deaths, in 2012 happened due to alcohol consumption in India

The Global Status Report On Alcohol And Health 2014, Released By The World Health Organization (WHO) Has Said That The Consumption Of Alcohol In India Has Jumped Between 2008 To 2012.

The WHO has compiled the data taking into account alcoholic over the age of 15 and above. The report mentioned that around 30% of the total population of India consumed alcohol in the year 2010. 

93% of alcohol was consumed in the form of spirits, followed by beer with 7% and less than 1% of the population consumed wine.

The per capita consumption of alcohol in the country increased from 1.6 liters in 2003-2005, to 2.2 liters in 2010-2012.

Highest amount of alcohol was consumed in Kerala. With an average individual over the age of 15 consumed over 8 liters of alcohol per annum in this state. Maharashtra and Punjab followed Kerala.

The report added that over 11% of the population in India indulged in heavy or binge-drinking. The global figure stood at 16%.

On the 'Years of Life Lost' scale, which is bas…

Alcohol kills 3.3 million people worldwide each year, more than AIDS...

Alcohol kills 3.3 million people worldwide each year, more than AIDS, tuberculosis and violence combined, the World Health Organization said Monday, warning that booze consumption was on the rise.

Including drink driving, alcohol-induced violence and abuse, and a multitude of diseases and disorders, alcohol causes one in 20 deaths globally every year, the UN health agency said.

“This actually translates into one death every 10 seconds,” Shekhar Saxena, who heads the WHO s Mental Health and Substance Abuse department, told reporters in Geneva.

Alcohol caused some 3.3 million deaths in 2012, WHO said, equivalent to 5.9 percent of global deaths (7.6 percent for men and 4.0 percent for women).

In comparison, HIV/AIDS is responsible for 2.8 percent, tuberculosis causes 1.7 percent of deaths and violence is responsible for just 0.9 percent, the study showed.

More people in countries where alcohol consumption has traditionally been low, like China and India, are also increasingly taking up the ha…

Alcohol consumption behind most criminal cases: Police

KOZHIKODE: Alcohol is proving to be a key factor behind the murder cases being reported in the district.

Police said of the total number of six murder cases reported in four months this year, five were committed under the influence of alcohol.

Many other incidents in which intoxicated persons engage in arguments and manhandling were also reported. Influence of drugs and tobacco products are also pointed out as the major reason for clash between migrant labourers and locals.

"The persons, under the influence of alcohol fail to realize the consequence of their action. Persons lose their reasoning skills and ability to control their emotions once they come under the influence of drugs and alcohol," said a police official.

The latest of the murder cases involving liquor as villain was reported in Kozhikode rural police station limit on April 27. A 32-year-old from Thrissur was murdered by a Kottayam native with the support of two Tamil Nadu natives. Tussle between the victim and the…

“Don’t let your husbands vote for someone because they gave out liquor or drugs,”

Wives Revolt as India Election Booze Leaves Trail of WidowsBy Adi Narayan May 12, 2014
Anita Sharma, founder of Belan Brigade, fourth from right, stands with residents as they campaign to stop political parties's practice of wooing voters with liquor handouts in the Shivpuri neighborhood of Ludhiana, Punjab, on April 27, 2014. Liquor, drugs and cash are distributed by most political parties to lure voters in Punjab, according to watchdog agency Association for Democratic Reforms. Photographer: Adi Narayan When Rajju Lal found her husband stumbling around in a drunken stupor on voting day in their Indian village five years ago, she corralled him at home and let him sleep it off on the floor. He never woke up. Shortly after he died, she discovered a stash in the house of more than 20 bottles of whiskey and local spirits that he’d hoarded after receiving them from political parties seeking votes in their village in the northern state of Punjab. Since then she’s struggled to put her t…