The number of people dying from alcohol-related causes has nearly doubled since the late 1990s, with the total number of Americans drinking up to double that of people not drinking at all, according to a report released Tuesday by the National Cancer Institute.
The report also found that alcohol consumption rose to more people per capita in the U.K. and Australia in 2015 than in the United States, a trend that is expected to continue in the coming decades.
The number in the developed world has been falling in recent years, according the report, and the report said that the number of U.W. adults drinking to excess was the highest since 1996.
It said that for the first time, U.N. figures showed a sharp rise in deaths from alcohol poisoning.
“Our findings highlight the importance of increasing awareness and educating about the harms associated with alcohol, particularly for young people,” said Dr. Anne Case, director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
She said the problem is especially acute among those of minority and low-income backgrounds.
The U.H.K.-based study, called The World Health Organization Alcohol and Other Drug Deaths and Mortality (AWODMD), was based on data from more than 100,000 deaths recorded between January 1, 2000, and December 31, 2015.
The AWODMD also found alcohol consumption among adults increased more than 40 percent from 2000 to 2015.
Overall, the AWODMM report said, the number per 100,00 people in the world had risen by 4.7 percent.
About 12.7 million people died of alcohol- and other drug-related illnesses in 2015, up from 12.1 million in 2012, according data from the World Health Organisation.
The World Economic Forum estimated last month that U.M. alcohol consumption reached an all-time high of $13.5 billion in 2015.
It is up over 30 percent from 2012.
“The world is becoming increasingly aware of the harm that alcohol causes,” said Case.
“It is the most significant public health problem of our time.”