Saturday, December 09, 2006

Alcohol No. 1 Killer in Finland

Helsinki: Alcohol became the No. 1 weapon of mass destruction in Finland this year, following big cuts in excise taxes two years ago that made the beverage much cheaper to buy.

Alcohol caused 17 per cent of all adult male deaths, jumping ahead of heart disease for the first time ever. Among women, alcohol beat out breast cancer as leading killer. There was also a major jump in binge drinking among young people in the first six months following the tax cut. Source.

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