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Et al. The size and burden of mental disorders and other disorders of the 35 brain in Europe 2010, 655–679, Copyright (2011), with permission from Elsevier. g. crack cocaine, heroin), there appears to be overwhelming evidence that alcohol use is still a major cause for concern. In a recent study conducted by the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs, the 20 most frequently used drugs were scored on 16 criteria: nine related to the harms that a drug produces in the individual and seven to the harms drugs cause to others.

Cancer recovery, cardiovascular rehabilitation). 1). Therefore, tobacco addiction still remains a major obstacle with respect to increasing the longevity of health and reducing the burden of tobacco-related diseases in populations across the world. Young people, aged 10–24 years, represent ∼27% of the world’s population. The health of young people, however, is largely neglected in global public health debate due to the perception that young people are healthy by virtue of their age. Compared to adults, however, people in adolescence are more likely to exhibit a number of psychological traits, such as risky and reward-seeking behaviour, that increase the potential likelihood of substance misuse and addiction.

WPR=western Pacific region. , et al. Global burden of disease and injury and economic cost attributable to alcohol use and alcohol-use disorders, 2223–2233. Copyright (2009), with permission from Elsevier. 6 One-year prevalence of alcohol-use disorders (AUDs) in people aged 15–64 years by sex and WHO region in 2004. AFR = African region. AMR = American region. EMR = eastern Mediterranean region. EUR = European region. EurC = eastern European region with proportionally higher adult mortality than other European parts (most populous country: Russia).

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