Alcohol Death Costly for Portugal

LISBON, Portugal, June 4 (UPI) — Portugal, ranked eighth in the world in alcohol consumption, can attribute almost 4 percent of its deaths to alcohol, researchers found.

Corresponding author Dr. Helena Cortez-Pinto of the Hospital de Santa Maria in Portugal and colleagues analyzed demographic and health statistics from 2005 on alcohol-related diseases.

“We found that a significant percentage of deaths — 3.8 percent — in Portugal were somehow caused by alcohol consumption, resulting in a significant burden of disease, roughly 38,370 years of life lost for death or disability due to alcohol,” Cortez-Pinto said in a statement. “The main source was liver disease at 31.5 percent, followed by traffic accidents at 28.2 percent, and several types of cancer and cardiovascular disease at 19.2 percent.”

This collectively accounted for $239 million in direct costs, 0.13 percent of Gross Domestic Product and 1.25 percent of total national health expenditures, Cortez-Pinto said.

The findings are published online ahead of print in the August issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.

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