Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Alcohol Kills 88,000 Every Year

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that fatalities as well as more than 50 other alcohol-related deaths kill around 88,000 Americans per year. Americans ranging from 20-64 were in the majority of alcohol-related deaths. They would have lived many more years if alcohol didn’t kill them directly, or indirectly.

The CDC's research team and health department representatives from 11 states used CDC’s information from the Alcohol-Related Disease Impact database. It tracked 54 causes of death and disease that are related to alcohol. Some included fetal alcohol syndrome, alcoholic liver disease, and alcohol poisoning. Some partially related to alcohol problems include stroke, hypertension, and liver cancer. 

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People with the highest rate of alcohol-related deaths were senior citizens aging at least 65 years old. Men were more than twice as likely as women to die of alcohol-related causes.

Most of the alcohol-related deaths were non-Latino whites, but the highest death rate was among Native Americans and Alaska Natives.

If you or someone you love is struggling with alcohol, help is available through credible alcoholism treatment centers. Millions of people struggle with alcoholism and addiction, you are not alone. Seeking out alcohol treatment for yourself or a loved can help lower these statistics.
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