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Disability-adjusted life years (DALYs)

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A method of calculating the global or world-wide health impact of a disease or the global disease burden (GDB) in terms of the reported or estimated cases of premature death, disability and days of infirmity due to illness from a specific disease or condition.

Source: UN Atlas of the Oceans
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For example, in terms of disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) lost, alcohol consumption accounts for 4% of all years lost in 2000.

This represents the global health burden of alcohol consumption, taking into account premature deaths and years spent living in disability resulting from the consumption of alcohol.

Source: GreenFacts, based on the GreenFacts Digest on Alcohol

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