A study published in The Lancet medical journal concludes that the effects of alcohol should be viewed in the same light as the effects of smoking. Alcohol consumption is linked to one in every 25 deaths worldwide, the study said.

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Alcohol consumption is linked to one in every 25 deaths worldwide, according to a study that concludes the effects of drinking are as harmful as smoking.

In a series of articles published in The Lancet, alcohol is linked to behavioral deaths, like violent injuries, as well as medical conditions like cardiovascular disease, cancer and liver disorders like cirrhosis.

The study found that 3.8 percent of deaths around the world in 2004 (the most recent year for data) were related to drinking – 6.3 percent for men, 1.8 percent for women.

Globally, average weekly consumption was around a dozen 10-ml units of pure ethanol – each unit being the equivalent of a bottle of beer, medium glass of wine or shot of liquor.

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