This page is a hub of scientific evidence providing a quick overview of alcohol-related harm around the world.
IOGT International strives to disseminate the latest scientific data and information in order to foster crucial insight in and understanding of the policy-making processes and supply decision-makers and opinion leaders with important evidence.
- Alcohol is a toxic substance in terms of its direct and indirect effects on a wide range of body organs and is a causal factor in more than 200 disease and injury conditions.
- Alcohol consumption causes death and disability relatively early in life. In the age group 20 to 39 years approximately 13.5% of all deaths are alcohol-attributable.
- Globally, alcohol consumption is the fifth leading risk factor for premature death and disability; among people between the ages of 15 and 49, it is the first.
- Approximately 2.2% of the global adult population – meaning around 164 million people – suffered from a substance use disorder in 2016. An estimated 1.3% (more than 100 million people) had an alcohol use disorder in 2016. The prevalence of substance use disorders is highest across Eastern Europe and the United States, occurring in 5-6% of the population. This means around 1 person in 20 suffers from substance use disorders, with alcohol causing the biggest burden.