A new study finds that the number of Americans who died from alcohol-related problems more than doubled between 1999 and 2017. Overdose deaths involving cocaine and psychostimulants increased in the past several years with and without opioids.
A study released on January 7th shows that more and more Americans are drinking themselves to death.
About half of these deaths are from liver disease or an overdose from alcohol or alcohol mixed with other drugs. Across racial and ethnic groups, non-Hispanic American Indians/Alaska Natives (NH AIAN) had the highest alcohol-related death rates in 2017.More news: New Batman Game Teased by WB Games Montreal
"Women are at greater risk than men at comparable levels of alcohol exposure for alcohol-related cardiovascular diseases, certain cancers, alcohol-related liver disease and acute liver failure due to excessive drinking", the study authors wrote.
Researchers used data from death certificates for the study, but they believe the numbers are an undercount of actual alcohol-related deaths. In 2017 alone, 2.6% of about 2.8 million deaths in the USA were alcohol related.
According to the study, 70.1 percent of the United States population ages 18 and older, about 173.3 million people, consumed alcohol in 2017.
The death toll is likely higher than what researchers discovered because only one in six drunk driving deaths reported as alcohol-related, according to the researchers.More news: NASA Artemis rocket takes same ferry trip as Apollo 11
He told CNN "a cultural social force" in recent years may also be contributing to drinking "deaths of despair". Between 2006 and 2014, the rate of people admitted to the ER due to alcohol increased 47.3% among people older than age 12.
"Findings confirm an increasing burden of alcohol on public health and support the need for improving surveillance of alcohol‐involved mortality", concluded the study.
"While the overall prevalence of drinking and binge drinking did not change for men, there was a 10.1% increase in the prevalence of drinking and a 23.3% increase in binge drinking among women". However, in 2017 this had shifted to women ages 55 to 64 having the highest death rates, followed by ages 45 to 54.More news: Westchester High School Senior Discovers Planet During NASA Internship