ALCOHOL VS. OTHER RISK FACTORS

Alcohol causes more harm than other drugs in society

Many people are aware that alcohol causes more harm than many other drugs available in our society.  

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As shown above - the UK study found that the most harmful drug with an overall harm score of 72 was alcohol, followed by heroin (55) and crack cocaine (54)1. The study measured -

  • harms to users (e.g., drug specific death and illnesses, dependence and loss of relationships, etc); and
  • harms to others (e.g. crime, injury and social costs).

Alcohol versus other risk factors

Among New Zealanders aged 15-49 years (% of the total population), alcohol causes more detah and disability than smoking, poor nutrition, or other unhealthy behaviours measured.

All 2016 data can be retrieved from https://vizhub.healthdata.org/gbd-compare/

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Death


Disability (losing valuable years as a result of disability from alcohol use)

Click here to go to the References list - Alcohol Harm