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Liver disease responsible for most alcohol-related illness and deaths
Date:4/23/2009

the demographic and health statistics available for 2005. The results indicate that 14.1 million is attributable to alcohol-related chronic disease admissions (liver diseases, cancer, etc.) and 82.2 million to acute alcohol-related conditions (traffic accidents and external causes), resulting in a total amount of 96.3 million. Furthermore, ambulatory costs of alcohol-related diseases were estimated as 93 million, totaling 189.2 million direct costs attributable to alcohol, which represent 0.13% of the Portuguese Gross Domestic Product and 1.25% of total national health expenditures.

The study population included all individuals from the mainland, aged 15 or over, and alcohol consumption was estimated using the data from the Portuguese National Health Survey of 2005. The results differed according to gender, with 5.6% of deaths occurring in men and representing 6.2% of the disease burden, while 3.6% of deaths occurring in women and represented 1.8% of the disease burden.


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