[summary] Health at a Glance 2017 | OECD iLibrary

  • Alcohol consumption in the OECD averaged 9 litres of pure alcohol per person per year, equivalent to almost 100 bottles of wine. This figure is driven by the sizeable share of heavy drinkers: 30% of men and 12% of women binge-drink at least once per month.
  • In 13 OECD countries alcohol consumption has increased since 2000, most notably in Belgium, Iceland, Latvia and Poland.
  • Excessive alcohol consumption is also a considerable health burden, associated to increased risk for a range of illnesses, including cancer, stroke, liver disease, as well as social problems, with an estimated 2.3m deaths per year.
  • A recent OECD report found that in general better educated women were more likely to drink excessively, though the opposite held true for men. At the same time, alcohol-related harm is more prevalent among less educated and low-income groups, partly because of multiple comorbidities (coexisting risk factors) and lower access to health care.
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