Alcohol involvement in injuries has been demonstrated in numerous studies. Hundreds of thousands of deaths occur each year due to alcohol-related intentional and unintentional injuries, and alcohol is involved in up to 30% of adult hospital admissions, particularly those to emergency rooms. Few countries, particularly in developing countries, include alcohol assessment in their surveillance system.
The Department of Mental Health and Substance Dependence in collaboration with the Department of Injuries and Violence Prevention initiated the WHO Collaborative Study on Alcohol and Injuries in 12 countries to test the feasibility of using the ICD-10 Y91 codes for observational assessment of alcohol intoxication.
International Collaborative Effort on Injury Statistics
The International Collaborative Effort on Injury Statistics (ICE) is a research activity that seeks to improve the international comparability and quality of injury data. WHO is a participant in this activity which is sponsored by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics.