More Than 20% of World’s Adults Smoke; 5% Have Alcohol Use Disorder

More than 20 percent of the world’s adult population—one billion people—smoke, while almost 5 percent—240 million—have an alcohol use disorder, according to a new report.

Alcohol’s impact in terms of disability is more than three times higher than the impact of illegal drugs, the researchers report in the journal Addiction.

While reliable statistics on illicit drugs are difficult to determine, the researchers estimate about 15 million people worldwide inject illegal drugs such as heroin.

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Will Savage

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