Before you take those succession of tequila shots, you probably should know that dangerous alcohol consumption has led to 3.3 million worldwide deaths in 2012, according to a new World Health Organization (WHO) report released on Monday.
“This actually translates into one death every 10 seconds,” says Shekhar Saxena, head of the WHO’s Mental Heath and Substance Abuse department.
According to the report, every person in the world age 15 and older would drink an average of 6.2 liters of pure alcohol per year. But considering that half of the world’s population drinks no alcohol, that leaves pure drinkers gulping a yearly whopping average of 17 liters. Sixteen percent partake in binge-drinking, or the most dangerous form of alcohol consumption.
Drinking among women is on the rise, but men are more likely to succumb to alcohol-related deaths. Low-income communities are also at a greater risk for social and health complications from alcohol abuse. Excessive alcohol use not only leads to addiction but also over 200 disorders including tuberculosis and pneumonia.
WHO would like for us to put the glass down, or at least reduce harmful alcohol consumption by 10 percent by 2025.