A new study from the Society for the Study of Addiction found that alcohol and tobacco are the most harmful substances used around the world. The report was gather from the World Health Organization, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.
Alcohol and tobacco cost the most life years and the highest mortality rates than cannabis and hard drugs such as cocaine. Researchers study that the overall harmful drugs use causes by measuring their impact in disability-adjusted life years.
Tobacco killed more people than any other drug (110.7 deaths per 100,00 people). Alcohol caused 33.0 deaths out of 100,000 people. Illegal drugs causes 6.9 deaths per 100,000 people.
Africa and the middle East have the lowest levels of harm while Europe suffers most from its habits. Eastern Europe have the highest mortality rates for alcohol and illegal drugs. Europe also suffered worse in low income and middle-income countries.
North Africa and Southeast Asia have the lowest globally use of alcohol. The lowest smoking rates were in western Sub-Saharan Africa.
The more people drink and smoke, the bigger the harm!
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