Non-Communicable Diseases

The World Health Organization’s Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health shows that alcohol causes 48% of liver cirrhosis, 26% of mouth cancers, 26% of pancreatitis, 20% of tuberculosis, 11% of colorectal cancer, 7% of hypertensive heart disease, and 5% of breast cancers. [USAPAS25]  Additionally, a causal link has been found between liver, rectal, larynx, throat, and numerous other types of cancer.
Between 2006 and 2010, excessive alcohol use was associated with 88,000 deaths and 2.5 million years of potential life lost each year. Research shows that alcohol was responsible for shortening the lives of those who died by an average of 30 years. [USAPAS26] Among working class adults aged 20-64, excessive drinking was responsible for 1 in 10 deaths. 


USAPA25 -  World Health Organization, & World Health Organization. Management of Substance Abuse Unit. (2014). Global status report on alcohol and health, 2014. World Health Organization.


USAPA26 -  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Alcohol-Related Disease Impact (ARDI). Atlanta, GA: CDC.
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