Author(s): Rehm J, Taylor B, Roerecke M, Patra J
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Abstract OBJECTIVES: This analysis estimated alcohol-attributable burden of disease for Switzerland. METHODS: Exposure distributions were taken from the 2002 Swiss Health Survey and adjusted for per capita consumption. Risk relations were taken from meta-analyses. Mortality and burden of disease data were taken from the World Health Organization. RESULTS: Overall consumption and alcohol-attributable mortality and burden of disease in Switzerland were high compared to European and global averages, especially among women. Overall in Switzerland in 2002, 2016 deaths (5.2\% of all deaths in men, 1.4\% in women), 28,939 years of life lost (men: 10.5\%, women: 4.9\%) and 70,256 disability adjusted life years (men: 12.9\%, women: 4.2\%) were attributable to alcohol. These numbers are net numbers already incorporating the cardioprotective and other beneficial effects of alcohol. CONCLUSIONS: Limitations of the approach used are discussed. In addition, questions of causality and confounding are addressed.
This article was published in Int J Public Health
and referenced in Journal of Alcoholism & Drug Dependence