A new report published in JAMA Network Open shows the devastating effects of alcohol in America.
Alcohol causes more than one in eight deaths among those under 65. The number is one in five for young adults between the ages of 20 and 49.
Think about that for a moment.
Excessive alcohol use causes over 140,000 deaths annually in this country.
How does alcohol kill? Alcoholic liver disease, drugs mixed with alcohol, and car accidents tied to intoxication.
According to the report, if one looks state by state, “alcohol-attributable deaths among adults aged 20 to 64 years ranged from 9.3% of total deaths in Mississippi to 21.7% in New Mexico….”[i]
Marissa Esser, head of the Alcohol Program at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a lead author of this study, believes municipalities and states need to find ways to reduce access to alcohol and increase its price to reduce the carnage.
So, what’s the bottom line here?
It’s simple. Alcohol use is one of the leading preventable causes of death in America – and the death rate is climbing. We need to come to terms with the scope of the problem and the underlying causes of abuse and find ways to reduce its toxic burden.
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