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Global Health
July 16, 2019

Growing Global Alcohol Use

JAMA. 2019;322(3):198. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.9914

Increasing alcohol use worldwide threatens to derail the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) goal of cutting alcohol use by 10% by 2025, according to a study in The Lancet.

The authors analyzed alcohol consumption in 189 countries using the WHO’s Global Information System on Alcohol and Health database. They found overall global alcohol consumption increased by 70% from about 21 million liters in 1990 to nearly 36 million liters in 2017. Annual consumption per adult also increased from 5.9 L in 1990 to 6.5 L in 2017 and is forecast to increase to 7.6 L by 2030.

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