Alcohol significantly impacts health. Globally, the World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that harmful use of alcohol results in 3.3 million deaths every year, representing 5.9% of all deaths, and that alcohol is a causal factor in more than 200 disease and injury conditions. Overall 5.1% of the global burden of disease and injury is attributable to alcohol, as measured in disability-adjusted life years (DALYs).

Alcohol consumption causes death and disability relatively early in life, and there are gender differences in alcohol-related mortality, morbidity, as well as levels and patterns of alcohol consumption.

The impact of alcohol consumption on health outcomes in populations is largely determined by two separate but related dimensions of drinking: 1) the total volume of alcohol consumed; and 2) the pattern of drinking. In addition, there is evidence that a nation's alcohol consumption directly impacts on the health of its citizens.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What are the physical and mental effects of drinking alcohol?
What is the Public Health England definition of alcohol mortality?
What is the UK alcohol mortality rate, by sex and by age? (ONS)
What is the UK alcohol mortality rate, by nation? (ONS)
What is the main cause of deaths from alcohol in the UK?*
How many alcohol-related hospital admissions are there in England and Wales?
How many alcohol-related hospital admissions are there in Scotland?
How many alcohol-related hospital admissions are there in Northern Ireland?

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March 2021 Budget Analysis

March 2021 Budget Analysis

April 2021
Exploring men’s alcohol consumption in the context of becoming a father: A scoping review

Exploring men’s alcohol consumption in the context of becoming a father: A scoping review

February 2021
IAS response to consultation on the New Substance Use Strategy in Northern Ireland

IAS response to consultation on the New Substance Use Strategy in Northern Ireland

February 2021

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