WHO Planning Global Strategy to Curb Youth Binge Drinking

May 27, 2008 12:43 PM
by Lindsey Chapman
The World Health Organization is devising a strategy to reduce youth binge drinking, which is blamed for millions of deaths annually.

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Worldwide, 2.3 million youths die each year from alcohol consumption, and the World Health Organization (WHO) wants to develop a plan to address the problem.

In England, the number of people entering hospitals with alcohol-related illnesses has doubled over the last 10 years. Alcohol consumption in France has generally dropped, but a new trend of binge drinking has emerged there.

Binge drinking
, a practice of quickly ingesting a large quantity of alcohol to become intoxicated, can have serious side effects like alcohol poisoning and even death.

Much information has suggested that moderate alcohol consumption may have at least some health benefits. For example, it could reduce the risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures.

“There is quite a bit of literature that supports the beneficial effects of moderate alcohol consumption on health,” says Ethel Siris, an osteoporosis researcher.

The WHO’s strategy, set to be published in two years, could include such ideas as targeting alcohol marketing practices, promoting public awareness campaigns and addressing pricing matters.

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Potential benefits

Reference: Alcoholism resources


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