WEDNESDAY FACT #04

Cannabis remains the most widely used illicit substance in the African Region. The highest prevalence and increase in use is being reported in West and Central Africa with rates between 5.2% and 13.5%.

Africa’s Fact Sheet on Substance Abuse

  • The harmful use of alcohol results in 3.3 million deaths each year.
  • On average every person in the world aged 15 years or older drinks 6.2 litres of pure alcohol per year.
  • Less than half the population (38.3%) actually drinks alcohol, this means that those who do drink consume on average 17 litres of pure alcohol annually.
  • At least 15.3 million persons have drug use disorders.
  • Injecting drug use reported in 148 countries, of which 120 report HIV infection among this population.

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