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2010 in review: key health issues

A young man looking at a locked shelf with alcoholic drinks and liqueurs in a supermarket in Bremen, northern Germany
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Combating the harmful use of alcohol

Every year, alcohol kills 2.5 million people, including 320 000 young people between 15 and 29 years of age.

To combat this, WHO launched a new global strategy, which set priority areas for global action, provided guidance to countries, and gave WHO the mandate to strengthen action at all levels on reducing harmful use of alcohol.

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