World No Alcohol Day, against harmful consumption

World No Alcohol Day, against harmful consumption

Heritage & Traditions

CubaPLUS Magazine

The World Non-Alcohol Day, celebrated every November 15, rather than dedicating a day to abstain from drinking spirits, urges us to always avoid their harmful consumption, which leads to serious health and social problems.

Toasting with a drink on relevant occasions, accompanying a meal with a good drink, celebrating with friends or family through a moderate tasting… is part of what humans do to brighten the spirit.

But it should not be forgotten that alcohol abuse causes about three million deaths annually in the world, according to figures from the World Health Organization (WHO), promoter of this commemoration.

Its harmful use is a causal factor in more than 200 diseases and disorders, and in the population segment between 20 and 39 years of age, 13.5 percent of deaths are attributable to alcohol consumption, according to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the situation is more critical in the Americas, where the ingestion of this type of beverage is around 40 percent higher than the world average.

People of low socioeconomic status are more vulnerable to the negative consequences of harmful consumption, points out the regional body, associated with consequences, including injuries, various forms of cancer, chronic liver disease, heart disease, alcohol dependence and domestic violence.

The member states of WHO, a United Nations organization, agreed in 2010 on a “Global Strategy to Reduce the Harmful Use of Alcohol”, a health and social burden that violates the Sustainable Development Goals, as one of the main international health risks..