The Burden of Alcohol consumption in the African Region. By Dr F. Zawaira WHO Representative. Harmful use of alcohol.
The Burden of Alcohol consumption in the African Region
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A pattern of drinking that causes or contributes to “physical or psychological harm, including impaired judgment or dysfunctional behaviour which may lead to disability or have adverse consequences for interpersonal relationships” WHO ICD-10 classification of mental and behavioural disorders.
Lack of counseling, primary care intervention and specialized treatment centers in the Region. Where treatment centers exist as in SA, women are not accessing them due to stigma or domestic responsibilities
Africa is targeted for marketing alcohol and tobacco especially to young people due to weak regulatory systems