International burden of alcohol-related illness / accidents

International burden of alcohol-related illness / accidents

Global Burden


In 2012, 3.3 million deaths, or 5.9 percent of all global deaths (7.6 percent for men and 4.0 percent for women), were attributable to alcohol consumption.

Alcohol contributes to over 200 diseases and injury-related health conditions, most notably alcohol dependence, liver cirrhosis, cancers, and injuries.

In the age group 20–39 years, approximately 25 percent of the total deaths are alcohol attributable.


US Alcohol-Related Deaths


Nearly 88,0009 people (approximately 62,000 men and 26,000 women) die from alcohol-related causes annually, making alcohol the fourth leading preventable cause of death in the United States.

Economic Burden:

In 2010, alcohol misuse problems cost the United States $249.0 billion (lost productivity accounted for 70% of this and healthcare costs accounted for 11%).


Drink driving  in the US


Every year in the U.S., drunk driving claims approximately 10,000 lives (31 percent of overall driving fatalities) and costs approximately $194 billion.


Drink driving  in the EU


It is estimated that alcohol is linked to around 6,500 deaths each year on European roads.” According to a European fatal accident database study around 25% of all road deaths across the EU are alcohol-related (over 30% of driver deaths). Alcohol related crashes are the leading cause of death in the age group 16-25.


Up to 1.5 – 2% of Km driven in the EU are driven with an illegal Blood Alcohol Concentration (The prevalence of alcohol in drivers varied greatly across the EU, the mean was 3.5%, peaking at 8.6% in Italy).

Drink driving  in the Sweden:

About every 500th driver on the road in Sweden is estimated to be under the influence of alcohol.

In 2015, 61 persons died in a traffic accident related to alcohol (BAC > 0,02 %), and 14 persons, related to narcotics or narcotics/alcohol.

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