Washington: Alcohol is now the third leading cause of the global burden of disease and injury, a new study has revealed. It also found that Canadians drink more than 50 per cent above the global average."Alcohol consumption has been found to cause more than 200 different diseases and injuries," said Kevin Shield , the lead author of the study. "These include not only well-known outcomes of drinking such as liver cirrhosis or traffic accidents, but also several types of cancer, such as female breast cancer."The study reports the amount and patterns of alcohol consumption by country for 2005, and calculates estimates for these figures for 2010. It reveals vast differences by geographical region in the numbers of people who consume alcohol, the amount they drink, and general patterns of drinking.
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