ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) – According to a new report, there were 3.3 million alcohol related deaths worldwide in 2012.

The World Health Organization analyzed the trends in alcohol use among its 194 member states. They found Europe topped the list with the highest rate of alcohol consumption per capita.

The report found alcohol related deaths were more common in men than women; however, the report showed that alcohol abuse in women is on the rise.

Alcohol abuse can put a person at a greater risk for cirrhosis of the liver, certain types of cancer, heart disease, stroke, mental health problems, and addiction.

The report found that global alcohol consumption averages out to 6.2 liters of pure alcohol per year for every person in the world aged 15 years or older. Since only about 38 percent of the world population drinks alcohol, it comes out to about 17 liters of pure alcohol per person who actually drinks per year.

“Lower-income groups are more affected by the social and health consequences of alcohol,” Dr. Shekhar Saxena, director for mental health and substance abuse at WHO, said in a press release obtained by CBS News. “They often lack quality health care and are less protected by functional family or community networks.”

The report found that only 66 countries have national leadership that developed polices to address alcohol abuse in their country.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention report that about 88,000 deaths are attributed to excessive alcohol use each year in the United States. This makes excessive alcohol use the third leading lifestyle-related cause of death for this nation.


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