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2011 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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Reducing harmful alcohol use

Each year, the harmful use of alcohol results in 2.5 million deaths worldwide. WHO's Global status report on alcohol and health aims to reduce those deaths by providing governments in 100 countries information about national levels of alcohol consumption. This will help them create policies in key areas such as alcohol marketing and drink-driving.

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