(CNN)Over 3 million people died from alcohol consumption in 2016, equating to 1 in 20 deaths globally, according to a new report by the World Health Organization.
More than 75% of these deaths were among men, says the report, published Friday.
The largest cause of death -- 28% -- was due to injuries. This was followed by 21% of deaths due to digestive disorders and 19% due to cardiovascular diseases. The remaining causes of death were infectious diseases, cancers, mental disorders and other health conditions attributable to drinking alcohol.
"The alcohol consumption level continues to be very high," said Dr. Vladimir Poznyak, WHO's Management of Substance Abuse coordinator. "All countries can do much more to reduce the health and social costs of the harmful use of alcohol."
Alcohol consumption was also found to cause more than 5% of the global disease burden and reported to be a causal factor in over 200 disease and injury conditions.
An estimated 237 million men and 46 million women worldwide are affected by disorders due to alcohol consumption, with the European region most affected, followed by the Americas.
"Far too many people, their families and communities suffer the consequences of the harmful use of alcohol," said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of WHO. "It's time to step up action to prevent this serious threat to the development of healthy societies."
Alcohol is consumed by an estimated 2.3 billion people globally, according to WHO, and school surveys point out that most children start consuming alcohol before the age of 15.
Worldwide, 45% of alcohol is consumed as spirits, followed by beer (34%) then wine (12%).