Alcohol and Your Health

Alcohol (in beverages) - is produced by the fermentation process of yeast, using ingredient such as fruit, barley and rye.

According to the World Health Organization:

  • Worldwide, the harmful use of alcohol resulted in some 3 million deaths, representing 5.3 % of all deaths, in 2016.
  • Alcohol use is an important causal factor in more than 200 disease and injury conditions.
  • Overall 5.1 % of the global burden of disease and injury is attributable to alcohol, as measured in disability- adjusted life years (DALYs).
  • There is a causal relationship between alcohol use and a range of mental and behavioural disorders, other non-communicable diseases as well as injuries.
  • Causal relationships have been established between alcohol use and infectious diseases such as tuberculosis as well as HIV/AIDS.
  • Beyond health consequences, the harmful use of alcohol brings significant social and economic losses to individuals and society at large.

Drinking alcoholic beverages has both immediate and long-term effects on your health. Your drinking behaviours determine the health effect of alcohol. They are:

  1. Drinking pattern
    Frequent or occasional heavy drinking over a short period of time increases your immediate risk of suffering from injuries and health problems.
  2. Cumulated amount of alcohol drunk over time
    Every single drink of alcoholic beverage in your lifetime adds up in affecting your health in long-term.

So if you do not drink at all, do not start drinking.
If you choose to drink alcoholic beverages, limit your drink to minimise alcohol-related harm.