Having accurate information about patterns of alcohol consumption in different regions is necessary to develop policies and strategies to reduce the harms caused by alcohol, a leading risk factor for global disease burden. To gather such information, Canadian researchers examined data on the amount and patterns of alcohol consumption in 241 countries in 2005 and estimated those figures for 2010 (Shield KD et al. Addiction. doi:10.1111/add.12112 [published online January 24, 2013]).
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