Public health problems caused by harmful use of alcohol: gaining less or losing more?
AbstractSome countries comprising the South-East Asia Region of the World Health Organization, are steadily moving towards a higher level of alcohol use in the last decade. It is well established that an increase in alcohol consumption by a community or a nation leads to a higher proportion of persons with what can be considered problem use (abuse/harmful use) and addiction (dependence). This publication has documented the regional experience on public health problems caused by harmful use of alcohol in South-East Asia Region. It reviews the currently available information on the supply, demand and use of alcohol in the population. Some suggestions are also provided on what can be done to prevent harm from alcohol use in the community. It supplements the WHO Global Report on Alcohol by adding region-specific information. Sustained commitment by all stakeholders is crucial for preventing public health problems from alcohol.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2006). Public health problems caused by harmful use of alcohol: gaining less or losing more?. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/205712