February 25, 2010 / 3:55 PM / 7 years ago

FACTBOX: Deaths attributable to alcohol

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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)

Cancer

Males: 361

Females: 105

Total: 466

Neuropsychiatric disorders

Males: 106

Females: 25

Total: 131

Cardiovascular diseases

Males: 452

Females: 77

Total: 528

Cirrhosis of the liver

Males: 293

Females: 77

Total: 370

Unintentional injuries

Males: 501

Females: 96

Total: 597

Intentional injuries

Males: 220

Females: 40

Total: 260

Total "detrimental effects" attributable to alcohol

Males: 1,934

Females: 421

Total: 2,355

Source: World Health Organization

Reporting by Kate Kelland, editing by Sara Ledwith

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