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This new IOGT International booklet: Alcohol and the Sustainable Development Goals – Major obstacle to development, discusses how alcohol is an obstacle to achieving 12 out of 17 SDGs.

Alcohol obstacle to development

Alcohol is a major obstacle to sustainable human development. Alcohol kills 3.3 million people worldwide every year, which means every 10 seconds a human being dies because of alcohol. This represents 5.9 % of all deaths.

Through its multiple public health, social and economic impacts, alcohol is an obstacle to achieving 12 out of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

12 out of 17 SDGs impacted

Evidence shows that alcohol is a cross-cutting, harmful factor in many areas of the Agenda 2030, such as:

  • Eradicating poverty
  • Ending hunger
  • Ensuring healthy lives for all
  • Ensuring quality education
  • Achieving gender equality
  • Ensuring sustainable management of water resources
  • Promoting inclusive, sustainable economic growth
  • Reducing inequalities
  • Making cities and human settlements safe and inclusive
  • Ensuring sustainable consumption
  • Promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies
  • Strengthening means of implementation of the SDGs

Downalod the report

Policy and legislation
Prevention and promotion
Detection and diagnosis
Alcohol/drug use disorders
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