A new report claims that alcohol kills more people annually worldwide than HIV, AIDS, violence, and tuberculosis combined.
The report relied on data from the 34 member states of The Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Findings were reported by The National Post.
“The cost to society and the economy of excessive alcohol consumption around the world is massive, especially in OECD countries,” the organization’s secretary-general, Angel Gurría, said.
Many Europeans countries had the highest rates of consumption of alcohol, with the verage citizen consuming the equivalent of 100 bottles of wine a year. In the United States, people consume just over two gallons of pure alcohol per years, equivalent to about 85 bottles of wine per capita annually.
Despite the shocking numbers, the consumption of alcohol has decreased overall since the 1992, according to the report. However, some segments of society – particularly youth and women – are imbiding more heavily.
To see the complete breakdown of report findings, visit The National Post.