The harmful use of alcohol is determined by the volume of alcohol consumed and the pattern of drinking, including the quality of alcohol consumed. The Harmful use of alcohol is causally linked to over 200 diseases and injuries, such as, road traffic injuries, cardiovascular disease, cirrhosis of the liver, suicide, cancer, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis. In addition to the health consequences, alcohol abuse or misuse can have both social and economic consequences.
The Region of the Americas has the highest consumption of alcohol in the world. Alcohol consumption especially among youth is a major public health concern. Alcohol control is one of CARPHA’s new areas of work and CARPHA will be supporting the development of a Regional Strategy towards the reduction of the harmful use of alcohol.
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