Friday, May 16, 2014

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 based on alcohol-attributable years of life lost, the WHO has rated India at 4 on a scale of 1 to 5. 

The report also said that about 3.3 million deaths, or 5.9% of all global deaths, in 2012 happed due to alcohol consumption.

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