The most prevalent causes of disability for young people across the world were due to psychiatric conditions rather than disease or injury. According to a study published in the Lancet neuropsychiatric disorders including major depression and alcohol use comprise 45% of the disability burden among young people aged 10-24 years. This inference is based on surveyed data from the World Health Organization's 2004 Global Burden of Disease report.
Among all age groups young people were responsible for 15.5% of the total number of lost years of healthy living due to a disability or death. The main risk factors were alcohol (accounting for 7% of the lost years of healthy living), unsafe sex (4%) and iron deficiency (3%).
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