Data & Statistics


Global Information System on Alcohol and Health (GISAH) 



The Global Information System on Alcohol and Health (GISAH) is an essential tool for assessing and monitoring the health situation and trends related to alcohol consumption, alcohol-related harm, and policy responses in countries. The harmful use of alcohol results in the death of 2.5 million people annually. There are 60 different types of diseases where alcohol has a significant causal role. It also causes harm to the well-being and health of people around the drinker. In 2005, the worldwide total consumption was equal to 6.13 litres of pure alcohol per person 15 years and older. Unrecorded consumption accounts for nearly 30% of the worldwide total adult consumption.

More information on the Global Information System on Alcohol and Health (GISAH)

GISAH information regarding:

Recorded adult per capita consumption

Rates of abstainers during the past 12 months

Heavy episodic drinkers among drinkers

Age standardized death rates from alcohol use disorders 3.8% of all global deaths were attributable to alcohol in 2004, 6.2% for men and 1.1% for women

Age-standardised death rates of liver cirrhosis Alcohol consumption is estimated to cause from 20% to 50% of cirrhosis of the liver, epilepsy, poisonings, road traffic accidents, violence and several types of cancer.


National Statistics on Alcohol Consumption

Information regarding the data and statistics on alcohol use in the Indian subcontinent can be summarized using the following list of documents


The extent pattern and trends of drug abuse in India - This is a report based on large-scale national survey to obtain information on extent, pattern and magnitude of drug abuse in the country undertaken by Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (MSJE), Government of India, and the United Nations International Drug Control Programme (UNODC), Regional Office for South Asia. The major components of this survey are National Household Survey (NHS), Drug Abuse Monitoring System (DAMS) and Rapid Assessment Survey (RAS).

ALCOHOL ATLAS OF INDIA - It is the first major manual from Indian Alcohol Policy Alliance (IAPA), as part of its commitment to prevent alcohol related harm through evidence based policy intervention, advocacy and capacity building. The Alcohol Atlas is a useful reference guide for policy makers, professionals, national and international organizations and institutions who are engaged on alcohol issues.

Global Status Report on Alcohol - This report is published by the World Health Organization (WHO) provides an update on the global picture of the status of alcohol as a factor in world health and seeks to document what is known about alcohol consumption and drinking patterns among various population groups. It consists of two parts. The first part presents an overview and comparative analyses of the alcohol situation on a regional and global basis using indicators such as alcohol consumption and use, prevalence rates and drinking patterns. There is also a discussion on the health and social consequences of alcohol use. The second part of the report consists of a CD-ROM which presents individual country profiles for all Member States for which sufficient data were available.


Alcohol in Developing Societies: A Public Health Approach - An international group of scholars analyzes the many sides of the problem of alcohol with a focus on Africa, Latin America, Asia, Oceania and indigenous societies within developed countries. The primary audience for which this book is written is those involved in dealing with alcohol problems in developing societies. This includes not only public health workers, law enforcement and public administration, but also policy-makers and concerned citizens.


Global Status Report: Alcohol and Young People - Drawing on WHO's global alcohol database, this report will provide an overview of the prevalence of drinking among young people, alcohol-related mortality and other health effects, trends in the alcohol environment surrounding youthful drinking, and prevention policies designed to reduce alcohol-related problems among the young.


Public Health Problems caused by Harmful use of Alcohol - GainingLess or Losing More? - This document provides information on alcohol use and abuse in World Health Organization’s South-East Asia Region. It makes practical suggestions on what the individual, the community and governments can do to protect each and every one from the harmful effects of alcohol use. 


Alcohol Control Policies in the South-East Asia Region : Selected Issues - It presents issues pertaining to alcoholic beverages – definition, pricing, taxation, drink driving legislation, restrictions on consumption and availability, advertising, health warnings, sponsorship and promotion, in the south east area region.


Burden and Socio-Economic Impact of Alcohol: The Bangalore Study - This study was sponsored by World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia (WHO SEARO) and conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, India. It assess the burden and socio-economic impact of alcohol use in a select sample, with the intention to extrapolate the findings to the whole of India.