Health at a Glance 2017

OECD Indicators

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This new edition of Health at a Glance presents the most recent comparable data on the health status of populations and health system performance in OECD countries. Where possible, it also reports data for partner countries (Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, Lithuania, Russian Federation and South Africa). The data presented in this publication come from official national statistics, unless otherwise stated.

This edition contains a range of new indicators, particularly on risk factors for health. It also places greater emphasis on time trend analysis. Alongside indicator-by-indicator analysis, this edition offers snapshots and dashboard indicators that summarise the comparative performance of countries, and a special chapter on the main factors driving life expectancy gains.

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Alcohol consumption among adults

Harmful alcohol use is a leading cause of death and disability worldwide, particularly in those of working age (OECD, 2015). Alcohol use is among the top ten leading risk factors in terms of years of healthy life lost in 32 OECD countries (Forouzanfar et al., 2016), and consumption in OECD countries remains well above the world average. In 2015, alcohol use lead to 2.3 million deaths, caused by cancers, heart diseases and liver diseases, among others. Most alcohol is drunk by the heaviest-drinking 20% of the population. Heavy drinking is associated with a lower probability of employment, more absence from work, and lower productivity and wages.

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