Alcohol killed 3.3 million people in 2012

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Here’s a message in a bottle, and it’s bad news. The World Health Organization says alcohol killed 3.3 million people in 2012.  So, cheers to those who survived!

In its Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health, the Geneva-based agency warns about the harmful consequences of heavy drinking and calls on governments to do more.

3.3 million is one too many. The Global Status Report covered 194 countries and presents a perspective on consumption of alcohol, health consequences and policy responses.  In case you’re still looking at your empty glass and wondering, experts say heavy drinkers are at risk of developing one or more diseases from a list of 200.  Also, alcohol is often an essential ingredient in domestic violence.

Moderation is the key.