Alcoholic beverages refer to any kind of product made from more than 1% ethanol in the water or together with other components, created by alcohol manufacturers as well as other methods for drinking or for use in various ways. Alcoholic beverages could do great harm, such as health issues caused by more than 200 kinds of diseases, violence, road accidents, and poverty.
Alcohol is a third key contributor to worldwide death with approximate 2.5 million deaths every year. Alcoholic products bring about various harms including health issues which can lead to more than 200 diseases such as esophageal cancer, liver cancer, high blood pressure, coronary artery stenosis, ischemic stroke, cirrhosis, pancreatitis, mental illness and so on. Moreover, alcoholic beverages could lead to road accidents, social disorder, domestic violence and many other social issues.
-- World Health Organization, Global Report on Alcohol and Health 2011