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In many parts of the world, drinking alcoholic beverages is a common feature of social gatherings. Nevertheless, the consumption of alcohol carries a risk of adverse health and social consequences related to its intoxicating, toxic and dependence-producing properties.

In addition to the chronic diseases that may develop in those who drink large amounts of alcohol over a number of years, alcohol use is also associated with an increased risk of acute health conditions, such as injuries, including from traffic accidents.

Reference:

WHO http://www.who.int/topics/alcohol_drinking/en/

Press Releases: Alcohol

PAHO praises Brazil for passing new legislation on alcohol and driving. On behalf of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the Director, Dr. Mirta Roses, praised Brazil and congratulated President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva for recently promulgated legislation on driving and alcohol. (31/Jul/2008)

CNN Mirador Mundial Entrevista a la Directora de la OPS. Washington, D.C. Marzo 1, 2008. CNN.- En la entrevista se tratan temas tales como: el uso de drogas y su relación con el abuso en el uso del alcohol, los programas de acceso a las drogas. (30/Mar/2008)

Región de las Américas lidera estadísticas mundiales en muertes, consumo, patrones y trastornos por alcohol. El consumo de alcohol en las Américas es aproximadamente un 40% mayor que el promedio mundial. (13/Dec/2007)

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