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 

Age-standardised death rates of liver cirrhosis


WHO Response:

WHO programs and activities on the Management of Substance Abuse.


Regional Information:

African Region (AFRO)

Region of the Americas (PAHO)

South-East Asia Region (SEARO)

European Region (EURO)

Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMRO)  See also: EMRO Global Alcohol data

Western Pacific Region (WPRO)