Alcohol use is a well-known risk factor for certain conditions, such as cirrhosis of the liver, fetal alcohol syndrome, and injuries related to drunk driving. Alcohol consumption can also contribute to chronic illnesses like heart disease, stroke, and some cancers. Interpersonal violence, self-harm (suicide), and unintentional injuries can also be fueled by alcohol.
Globally, alcohol use is a major risk factor for death and disability overall, ranked among dietary risks, high blood pressure, smoking, and household air pollution. In some countries, alcohol use is the number-one risk factor for men. Explore the contribution of alcohol to diseases and injuries in our GBD Compare data visualization.