More than three million people died from alcohol-related deaths in 2016. That comes out to about 1 in every 20 deaths around the world. That's according to a new study by the World Health Organization.
Researchers concluded 28 percent were from injuries, like car crashes, self-harm or violence; 21 percent came from digestive disorders; 19 percent were due to cardiovascular diseases; the rest were from infectious diseases, cancers, mental disorders and other health conditions.
About 75 percent of the deaths were men.
The WHO says more than 280 million people suffer from alcohol-use disorders, the highest percentage come from the European Region, as well as North, South and Central America. "Alcohol-use disorders are more common in high-income countries," according to the organization.
An official at the WHO says all countries can do more to reduce alcohol abuse and alcohol-related deaths by taxing alcoholic beverages, putting restrictions on alcohol-related advertising and restricting its availability.