how a health promotion approach can help

Insight

Alcohol consumption accounts for about 5% of the global burden of disease, but it is unevenly distributed across socioeconomic groups. Socioeconomic status has repeatedly been associated with a high risk of mortality. For alcohol consumption, inequalities in morbidity and mortality are particularly striking. Nevertheless, substantial evidence indicates that alcohol control policies can play a critical role in reducing socioeconomic disparities.

This snapshot is part of a series of briefs addressing critical questions related to the determinants of the acceptability, availability and affordability of alcohol consumption and how it affects people and their communities. The notes are the result of a rapid analysis of recent evidence on the topic, insights from leading experts, consultations with selected countries, and discussions at webinars held to create a platform for matching evidence, practices and policies. It is intended for a wide audience, including professionals working in the field of public health and local and national alcohol policy focal points, policy makers, government officials, researchers, civil society, consumer associations, the media and people new to the research or practice of alcohol. .

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