Alcohol Kills More People than AIDS, TB, or Violence

A wreath Kolsch Beer - LA Times of Kölsch.

Death in a glass

And yet it remains the most widely available destroyer of human life on the planet.

Alcohol causes nearly 4 percent of deaths worldwide, more than AIDS, tuberculosis or violence, the World Health Organization warned on Friday.  Rising incomes have triggered more drinking in heavily populated countries in Africa and Asia, including India and South Africa, and binge drinking is a problem in many developed countries, the United Nations agency said.  Yet alcohol control policies are weak and remain a low priority for most governments despite drinking’s heavy toll on society from road accidents, violence, disease, child neglect and job absenteeism, it said.

Perhaps it’s time to take booze more seriously as a danger to society.