Violence and Injury Prevention

Facts on interpersonal violence and alcohol released by WHO


1 June 2006

Interpersonal violence results in around 520 000 deaths and millions of non-fatal injuries every year. Research on the relation between alcohol and violence suggests that alcohol is a situational determinant which increases the risk of most types of violence. Hazardous and harmful use of alcohol has also been shown to be an important consequence of experiencing or witnessing most forms of violence, but especially child maltreatment and intimate partner violence. This series of five documents present the facts on interpersonal violence and alcohol, including the magnitude of the problem, risk factors, prevention strategies and policy considerations.

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