8.5. The Evolving Global Burden of Disease from Alcohol

  1. Hamid Ghodse2,
  2. Helen Herrman3,
  3. Mario Maj4 and
  4. Norman Sartorius5
  1. Joshua Tsoh and
  2. Helen Fung-Kum Chiu

Published Online: 18 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470975084.ch17

Substance Abuse Disorders

Substance Abuse Disorders

How to Cite

Tsoh, J. and Chiu, H. F.-K. (2009) The Evolving Global Burden of Disease from Alcohol, in Substance Abuse Disorders (eds H. Ghodse, H. Herrman, M. Maj and N. Sartorius), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470975084.ch17

Editor Information

  1. 2

    International Centre for Drug Policy, St George's University of London, London, UK

  2. 3

    Orygen Youth Health Research Centre, Centre for Youth Mental Health, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

  3. 4

    Department of Psychiatry, University of Naples SUN, Naples, Italy

  4. 5

    Association for the Improvement of Mental Health Programmes, Geneva, Switzerland

Author Information

  1. Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), China

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 18 MAR 2011
  2. Published Print: 18 MAR 2009

Book Series:

  1. World Psychiatric Association Evidence and Experience in Psychiatry Series

Book Series Editors:

  1. Helen Herrman

Series Editor Information

  1. WPA Secretary for Publications, University of Melbourne, Australia

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470745106

Online ISBN: 9780470975084



  • evolving global burden of disease from alcohol;
  • disease burdens, expressed as disability-adjusted life years (DALYs);
  • alcohol, important risk factors - for mortality and burden of disease in the world;
  • Saunders and Latt's potential public-health measures - in reducing alcohol-related harm at the population level;
  • Ledermann's ‘single distribution’ model theory - of alcohol consumption;
  • diversified treatment approaches, intensities and settings - matching spectrum of patients with degree of alcohol-related problems, a ‘stepped-care approach’;
  • beneficial effects of alcohol treatment - ‘assessment of potential costs and costs savings’;
  • evolving global burden of disease - from alcohol;
  • Saunders and Latt's early screening and brief interventions (SBI) - AUDs, useful targeted approaches in preventing alcohol-related harm;
  • alcohol use and AUDs in developing nations


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Evolving Global Burden of Disease from Alcohol

  • Prevention in Developed Nations

  • Alcohol Use and AUDs in Developing Nations

  • Concluding Remarks

  • References