23 May '11, 5am

Malaysia ranked world's 10th largest consumer of alcohol

Kuala Lumpur (The Star/ANN) - Malaysia has been named by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as the world's 10th largest consumer of alcohol despite its small population and size. Statistics by the international body this year also showed that Malaysians spent over US$500mil on alcohol with a per capita consumption of seven litres. Beer consumption in Malaysia is 11 litres per capita. Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Heng Seai Kie said the problem of alcohol consumption in the country was getting serious. "Alcohol is not only causing a lot of health issues but is also contributing to a significant number of accidents," she said here yesterday. Heng was speaking to reporters after launching booklets and seminars on "Promote Healthy lifestyle: Reduce Alcohol Harm" organised by the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH) and supported b...

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