FACTBOX: Deaths attributable to alcohol

Thu Feb 25, 2010 10:54am EST
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(Reuters) - Alcohol ranks at number 8 in the top 10 leading causes of death, killing 2.3 million people a year, compared with 5.1 million deaths from tobacco.

But drinking is also one of the contributing factors to high blood pressure -- the world's number one killer. Following are deaths attributable to alcohol consumption in the world in 2002 (the latest year for which complete data available)

Disease category (Number of deaths in thousands)


Males: 361

Females: 105

Total: 466

Neuropsychiatric disorders

Males: 106   Continued...