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Health Ministry: Nearly Half Of Malaysia’s Alcoholic Drinkers Are Binge Drinking

Health Ministry: Nearly Half Of Malaysia’s Alcoholic Drinkers Are Binge Drinking

Kirat Kaur

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One in two or 45.8% of alcoholic drinkers in Malaysia are binge drinkers, according to the 2019 National Health and Morbidity Survey (NHMS 2019).

The newly released findings by the Health Ministry also revealed that 11.8% or one in 10 Malaysian adults consume alcohol.

Of these, one in 10 binge drink with 6 or more standard drinks per sitting at least once a week.

A standard drink, according to the Australian Alcohol and Drug Foundation, contains 10g of alcohol (12.5ml of pure alcohol).

Standard drink for different types of alcohol.
(Credit: Alcohol and Drug Foundation Australia)

As a result, road traffic injuries remain the biggest cause of death for those who consume alcohol, followed by cancer and liver cirrhosis.

However, the proportion of binge drinkers among current drinkers show an improvement as the numbers have dropped from 2011 (50.2%) and 2015 (59.4%).


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