The following is a list of non-disease causes of human deaths worldwide.
According to the World Health Organization, about 58 million people died in 2005, mostly from diseases and the rest from non-disease related causes.
1. Road Traffic Accidents
Car driving is one of the deadliest undertakings in the history of mankind. Road traffic accidents is one of the leading causes of non-disease related deaths with an estimated 17 million annual deaths. It is also one of the leading causes of death of children ages 9 to 18 with a record of 260,000 deaths per year.
Suicide, the intentional taking of ones own life is the second highest non-disease related causes of death. Suicide may occur for a number of reasons, including depression, shame, guilt, desperation, physical pain, emotional pressure, anxiety, financial difficulties, or other undesirable situations. The World Health Organization noted that over one million people commit suicide every year, and that it is one of the leading causes of death among teenagers and adults under 35. There are an estimated 10 to 20 million non-fatal attempted suicides every year worldwide.
Violence, the expression of physical force against self or other is another leading cause of death of thousands of human being worldwide. WHO estimates that each year around 1.6 million lives are lost worldwide due to violence. It is among the leading causes of death for people ages 15-44, especially of males. Violence can vary from between a physical altercation between two beings where a slight injury may be the outcome to war and genocide where millions may die as a result.
It’s quite surprising but falling is a major cause of personal injury, especially for the elderly. Builders and miners represent worker categories representing high rates of fall injuries. The WHO estimate that 392,000 people die in falls every year and 47,000 children die of falling per year.
Unbelievable it may seem but Drowning is a leading cause of death especially among children. There are 175,000 children dying of drowning every year. Drowning is a process resulting in primary respiratory impairment from submersion/immersion in a liquid medium.
According to statistics, 55,000 deaths are recorded every year in the US. Worldwide record shows that 45,000 children die of poisoning annually.
Fire is another leading cause of death. The primary risk to people in a fire is smoke inhalation (breathing in smoke; most of those killed in fires die from this, not from burns). Large percentage of people who died of fire is children numbering about 96,000 per year.
We are all aware that war is very devastating but it is not already the leading cause of death but still thousands are killed every year because of war. War is a reciprocated, armed conflict, between two or more non-congruous entities, aimed at reorganizing a subjectively designed, geo-politically desired result.
9. Alcohol Use
Alcoholism kills about 1.9 million worldwide per year with about 85,000 in the US. Alcohol, specifically ethanol, is a potent central nervous system depressant, with a range of side effects.
10. Drug Use
Illegal use of drugs is another leading cause of death with thousands of death per year. Some of the most commonly abused drugs include alcohol, tobacco, amphetamines, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, cocaine, and opiates, opoids and their derivatives which typically have opioid agonist actions though some don’t (e.g. morphine and it’s derivatives like heroin (3,6 diacetylmorphine, codeine, dextromethorphan an NMDA antagonist opioid with no opioid activity.)