Research from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health reveal that alcohol consumption is connected to more than 200 different diseases and injuries, ranging from cirrhosis of the liver to breast cancer among women, reports PsychCentral. It is now the third leading cause of the global burden of disease and injury, following high blood pressure and smoking tobacco.
North Americans drink more than 50 percent above the worldwide average, and binge drink more than most countries in the European Union.
The results are a part of the 2010 Global Burden of Disease study, and are based on 2005 population surveys, and data on sales, production and alcohol consumption that is “unrecorded” such as home-brewed beer, moonshine or alcohol not meant for human consumption. The researchers then calculated estimates for these figures for 2010. The findings were pubished in this month’s issue of the journal Addiction.
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