Alcohol and Global Health

In 2019, alcohol use was the leading risk factor for attributable burden of disease among people ages 25 to 49, the second-leading risk factor among ages 10 to 24, and the ninth-leading risk factor among all ages. This series examines the underappreciated and growing impact of alcohol on global health.

Alcohol: A Public Health Blind Spot

Richard Yoast on alcohol consumption and how philanthropies could help curb excess drinking   

A Russian Prescription to Reduce Alcohol Use

Sustained changes to alcohol policy in Russia have contributed to big gains in life expectancy

Governance

On St. Patrick's Day, Ireland's Alternative to Drowning the Shamrock

Giving a green light to measures that reduce alcohol use would cut Ireland's high rate of alcohol-related injury, death

Gender

For Young Men, Alcohol Does Not Have to Be a Death Sentence

For males ages 15 to 49, drinking alcohol causes nearly 10 percent of all years lost to death and disability

Food

The Philippines’ Blind Spot for Alcohol

Why the alcohol problem in the Philippines is complicated

Food

Sri Lanka’s Alcohol Tax Reform Spurs Economic and Health Recovery

Amidst economic turmoil, the opportunity emerges for transformative fiscal policies to tackle public health challenges

Food

A Successful Battle Against the Bottle

How the government, health-care professionals, and the community improved alcohol policies in Taiwan

Food

Reducing Alcohol-Related Deaths in Lithuania

How the country is cutting down on deaths related to excess drinking

Gender

For Young Men, Alcohol Does Not Have to Be a Death Sentence

For males ages 15 to 49, drinking alcohol causes nearly 10 percent of all years lost to death and disability

Aging

The Curious Case of Japan's Alcohol Contest

Japan's young people are turning away from alcohol, but its tax agency wants to reverse the trend

Food

Alcohol in Excess

How the World Health Organization plans to curb excess drinking across countries