WHO report urges governments to do more to prevent alcohol abuse

Study estimates booze kills 2.5 million a year

A new report by the World Health Organization says governments aren’t doing enough to prevent alcohol abuse, which the agency estimates is killing 2.5 million people each year. While Canadians’ booze consumption was categorized as “stable,” marked increases in alcohol consumption were recorded in Africa and South-East Asia between 2001-2005. Men in Eastern European countries continue to be particularly hard-hit by alcohol abuse: one in five men in the Russian Federation and neighbouring countries die due to alcohol-related causes each year, according to the study.

Associated Press

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