Alcohol deaths to cost 1.5% GDP / year: Study

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Alcohol deaths to cost 1.5% GDP / year: Study

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NEW DELHI: Deaths in India attributed toalcohol usewill lead to a loss of less than 258 million life years between 2011 and 2050, and 1.45% of GDP per year, while the country may get 552 million ‘quality adjusted’ life years if health and economic burden ofalcoholare included, said a study by three Indian doctors and two public health researchers published in the International Journal of Drug Policy.
The loss of life years will amount to 75 days of life per capita by the year 2050, the research concludes after three factors related to alcohol –liver disease, cancers androad accidents.

The paper, titled ‘Health Impact and Economic Burden of Alcohol Consumption in India’, reflects the concerns that came through the worrying findings of the recent national survey on magnitude of substance use that showed that as many as 5.7 crore Indians needed urgent help. alcohol use disorders The national survey report was prepared by the National Drug Dependence Treatment Center for AIIMS for the Ministry of Social Justice.
The research paper said, “Discounting the future results at 3%, the number of life years lost due to alcohol consumption and quality adjusted life years respectively by consuming alcohol in India 258 million and 552 million, respectively. It amounts to per capita loss of 75.60 discounted and 173.65 undiscounted days of life because of the general population by the year 2050. “The undiscounted figures are higher but less relevant.
Study focuses on regulating booze sale, not prohibition
The study on the long-term implications of alcohol use in India does not advocate prohibition of alcohol but focuses on the need for awareness, regulation of sale and prevention strategies. The research team comes from the Department of Community Medicine and School of Public Health, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh; and the National Drug Dependence Treatment Center (NDDTC), AIIMS in Delhi.

The research paper said, “Discounting the future results at 3%, the number of life years lost due to alcohol consumption and quality adjusted life years respectively by consuming alcohol in India 258 million and 552 million, respectively. It amounts to per capita loss of 75.60 discounted and 173.65 undiscounted days of life because of the general population by the year 2050. “The undiscounted figures are higher but less relevant.
The research is based on a wide range of government data sources like the National Sample Survey Office 2015, National Family Health Survey-4, Reserve Bank of India, health ministry statistics and WHO reports.

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