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Alcohol-Related Deaths Have Increased in the United States

An analysis of death certificates published in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research suggests that the number of alcohol-related deaths doubled in the United States between 1999–2017.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 12:01 am EST

An analysis of death certificates suggests that the number of alcohol-related deaths doubled in the United States between 1999–2017.

In the analysis, which is published in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, the number of alcohol-related deaths per year among people aged 16 years and older rose from 35,914 to 72,558 and the rate increased from 16.9 to 25.5 per 100,000. Nearly 1 million alcohol-related deaths were recorded between 1999–2017. In 2017, 2.6% of roughly 2.8 million deaths in the United States involved alcohol.

Nearly half of alcohol-related deaths resulted from liver disease or overdoses on alcohol alone or with other drugs. Rates of alcohol-related deaths were highest among males, people in age groups spanning 45–74 years, and among non-Hispanic American Indians or Alaska Natives.

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Link to Study: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/acer.14239

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Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research was founded by the National Council on Alcoholism (now the NCADD). Alcoholism and alcohol abuse cause significant social and medical harm, and research into the etiology and consequences of alcohol use is essential to guide prevention, treatment and policy. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research gives readers direct access to the most significant and current research findings on the nature and management of alcoholism and alcohol-related disorders. Each month this journal brings basic science researchers and health care professionals the latest clinical studies and research findings on alcoholism, alcohol-induced syndromes and organ damage. The journal includes categories of basic science, clinical research, and treatment methods.

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