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Parliamentary questions
1 August 2017
E-004145/2017
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the Commission

The Global Burden of Disease Study estimates the number of deaths due to risk of alcohol at around 169 000 in the European Union in 2015(1). In terms of preventable mortality, Eurostat data on causes of death shows that in 2014 over 72 000 deaths due to alcohol-related diseases(2) could have been avoided in the European Union.

The Health at a Glance Europe 2016 Report(3) further showed that alcohol was the third leading factor for diseases and mortality after tobacco and high blood pressure in Europe and accounted for an estimated 7.6% for all men's deaths and 4.0% of all women's deaths.

With regard to the social cost of alcohol, the most solid available estimate (from 2010) quantified the overall costs at EUR 155.8 billion (lower limit EUR 107.9 billion, upper limit EUR 287.7 billion)(4).

(1)Global Burden of Disease Study 2015 (GBD 2015) Results. Seattle, United States: Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), 2016. Available from http://ghdx.healthdata.org/gbd-results-tool
(2)Alcohol related diseases, excluding external causes: http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/data/database?node_code=hlth_cd_apreu
(3)Health at a Glance Europe 2016.(https://ec.europa.eu/health/state/glance_en )
(4)http://amphoraproject.net/w2box/data/AMPHORA%20Reports/CAMH_Alcohol_Report_Europe_2012.pdf

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