Dangerous drinking

Those who consume hard drinks in the UAE are imbibing almost twice the global average per year

Knowledge story, The Knowledge

Those who consume hard drinks in the UAE are imbibing almost twice the global average per year, putting them in the highest health risk categories, according to a new report by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The report excluded tourists, but included expatriates, who in the UAE make up 85 percent of the population. A rate of 32.8 litres per year compared with a global average of 17 litres per person outstripped nations such as the UK, Ireland and Australia. According to WHO, 3.3 million deaths worldwide in 2012 were due to excessive consumption.

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