Low socioeconomic status more dangerous than alcohol

Low socioeconomic status is linked to significant reductions in life expectancy and should be considered a major risk factor for ill health and early death in national and global health policies.

This is the finding from a study of 1.7 million people from 48 studies published in The Lancet.

The study, which includes an Australian sample, is the first to compare the impact of low socioeconomic status with other major risk