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Eur Addict Res. 2001 Aug;7(3):148-51.

Average volume of alcohol consumption, drinking patterns and related burden of mortality in young people in established market economies of Europe.

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  • 1Addiction Research Institute, Z├╝rich, Switzerland. jtrehm@isf.unizh.ch

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine the burden of mortality in young people (age 15-29) in established market economies in Europe in 1999, which is attributable to alcohol consumption. Two dimensions of alcohol consumption were considered: average volume of consumption, and patterns of drinking.

METHODS:

Mortality data were obtained from the WHO EIP data bank, average volume data from the WHO global databank on alcohol, pattern of drinking data from a questionnaire sent out to experts, from the published literature and from the WHO global databank. Methods are explained and discussed in detail in two other contributions to this volume.

RESULTS:

More than 8,000 deaths of people aged 15-29 in Europe in 1999 were attributable to alcohol. Young males show a higher proportion of alcohol-attributable deaths (12.8%) than females (8.3%). Both average volume and patterns of drinking contribute to alcohol-related death.

CONCLUSIONS:

Alcohol-related deaths constitute a considerable burden in young people in Europe.

PMID:
11509845
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