The Quiet Crisis: Deaths Caused By Alcoholism Have More Than Doubled, by Tyler Durden

Why are so many Americans drinking themselves to death? From Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com:

Opioid overdoses may have leveled off last year after soaring over the last ten, but Americans are still dying in droves from another, far more popular substance: alcohol.

According to a series of studies cited by MarketWatch, the number of Americans drinking themselves to death has more than doubled over the last two decades, according to a sobering new report. That far outpaces the rate of population growth during the same period.

Researchers from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism studied the cause of death for Americans aged 16 and up between 1999 and 2017. They determined that while 35,914 deaths were tied to alcohol in 1999, it doubled to 72,558 in 2017. The rate of deaths per 100,000 soared by 50.9% from 16.9 to 25.5.

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3 responses to “The Quiet Crisis: Deaths Caused By Alcoholism Have More Than Doubled, by Tyler Durden

  1. ” And across the country, Americans who binge drink are consuming more drinks per person: That number spiked from 472 in 2011 to 529 in 2017, a 12% increase.”
    This is the link to the above for more details on the binge drinking problem.

    https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6902a2.htm?s_cid=mm6902a2_e&deliveryName=USCDC_921-DM17216

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    • The original article should have made it clear that the numbers cited (472 and 529) refer to the binge drinkers’ drinks per year. Those numbers seem low, however.

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