Drunk driving is the cause of 70 percent of traffic accidents in Vietnam, Office Chief of the National Traffic Safety Committee Nguyen Trong Thai said, urging drastic measures to tackle the problem.

According to statistics of the World Health Organization (WHO), as many as 70 percent of male Vietnamese drink alcohol and one in every four men use the drinks at dangerous level which is equivalent to six glasses of beer per day.

Besides strict anti-drink law, the official called for more awareness raising campaigns on the negative impacts of the excessive consumption of alcohol on health and traffic safety. He urged State agencies, organisations and companies to ban alcohol consumption during working hours.

On the global scale, the abuse of alcohol drinks results in more than 2.2 million deaths. Around 30 percent of traffic accidents are related to alcohol use. In addition, the excessive consumption of alcohol is also a main cause of non-communicable diseases in the world as well as in Vietnam.-VNA