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WHO Global Status Report on Alcohol 2004

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The Global Status Report on Alcohol provides an update on the global picture of the status of alcohol as a factor. It seeks to document what is known about alcohol consumption and drinking patterns among various population groups as well as alcohol’s impact on health worldwide. This information will hopefully spur further research and action to prevent and reduce alcohol-related injury and disease globally. The report outlines the need to enhance the comparability of data by setting clear and comprehensive priorities in terms of data collection. As far as possible, there has been an effort to obtain the same indicators for the majority of countries. Unlike the earlier edition, the current report does not present data on alcohol trade and production, and alcohol policy.

Alcohol policy is the topic of a separate report, the Global Status Report: Alcohol Policy
(WHO, 2004c), which analyses alcohol policies in 118 WHO Member States.