This slide deck has been developed by Professor David Nutt, Imperial College London, in collaboration with Cambridge Medical – A prime Global agency.

Substance use and addiction contribute to the global burden of disease. This deck discusses details on the prevalence and incidence of substance use disorders, global variance, disability-adjusted life years and risk factors for addiction.

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Epidemiology and burden

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Epidemiology and burden
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Prevalence and incidence of drug use and addiction disorders

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Prevalence and incidence of drug use and addiction disorders
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Estimated global prevalence of addictions

This systematic review searched for prevalence data for 11 different addictive behaviours, and aimed to include studies of at least 500 participants.[Sussman et al., 2011] Further limits were that wherever possible data should include only participants aged 16–65 years, of…

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Prevalence of tobacco use

In 2019, approximately 1.14 billion people across the world smoked tobacco regularly, with an approximate 8 million deaths estimated attributable to this smoking.[GBD, 2021] The 2019 Global Burden of Disease (GBD) Tobacco Collaborators highlight the importance of the findings of…

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Prevalence of alcohol use and alcohol-use disorder

Evidence from the World Health Organization (WHO) Mental Health Surveys – 29 surveys carried out in 27 countries or country regions between 2001 and 2015 – suggests that alcohol use and AUD are highly prevalent worldwide.[Glantz et al., 2020] Analyses…

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Total alcohol per capita consumption 2016 – males aged ≥15

The slide shows the global variations in alcohol consumption among males aged ≥15 years old.

References used on slide: GBD 2016 Alcohol Collaborators. Alcohol use and burden for 195 countries and territories, 1990–2016: a systematic analysis…

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Total alcohol per capita consumption 2016 – females aged ≥15

The slide shows the global variations in alcohol consumption among females aged ≥15 years old.

References used on slide: GBD 2016 Alcohol Collaborators. Alcohol use and burden for 195 countries and territories, 1990–2016: a systematic analysis…

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Prevalence of substance use

The European Union Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction maintains datasets estimating substance use, using a variety of methods including survey data and wastewater monitoring.[EUMCDDA, 2019] Whilst illicit substance use varies from country to country, across the whole of…

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Prevalence of substance-use disorders and drug dependence

Although alcohol-use disorder is the most common substance-use disorder worldwide, other substance-use disorders are also highly prevalent.[GBD, 2018; Merikangas & McClair, 2012] Data from the GBD surveys show that cannabis dependence and opioid dependence were the most common worldwide, whilst…

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Prevalence of substance-use disorders – DSM-5 criteria

In 2012 and 2013, the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions – III conducted 36,309 in-person interviews with adults across the US.[Grant et al., 2016] The resulting data were used to estimate rates of substance-use disorder, specifically according…

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Prevalence of behavioural addictions

As outlined on the slide, meta-analyses of internet, gaming, and social media addiction have estimated that the prevalence of these addictions ranges from 2.5–7% of the population.[Pan et al., 2020; Cheng et al., 2021] Most national surveys conclude that the…

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