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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)
Cirrhosis of the liver
Total "detrimental effects" attributable to alcohol
Source: World Health Organization
Reporting by Kate Kelland, editing by Sara Ledwith