PAHO proposed limiting sales hours and increasing taxes on alcoholic beverages.
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This article was translated using AI technologies from our Spanish edition. Errors can occur as a result of this process.
A recent study by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) found that between 2013 and 2015 85,000 people per year in the Americas died as a result of excessive consumption of alcoholic drinks .
According to the international organization, 64.9% of deaths were in those under 60 years of age due to liver disease (63.9%) and neuropsychiatric disorders (27.4%) such as alcohol addiction.
The study of 30 countries in the Region found that 80% of deaths from alcohol use were concentrated in three countries: the USA with 36.9%; Brazil with 24.8% and Mexico with 18.4% .
More alcohol due to the pandemic
The study by the UN agency produced important results. Among them:
High-income countries have higher alcohol consumption per capita. Low and middle income countries have higher mortality rates. The highest proportion of deaths attributable solely to alcoholic beverages occurs prematurely in people aged 50 to 59, especially men. The availability of alcoholic beverages has increased in many countries during the pandemic as online purchase and home delivery have become easier.
Dr. Anselm Hennis, director of PAHO's division of NCDs and Mental Health, called for better data on mortality and morbidity from alcohol use.
PAHO also recommended increasing taxes on alcoholic beverages, controlling advertising and promotions, limiting marketing times and reducing the concentration of outlets for these products.