Studies are uncovering new data on alcohol-related deaths, as many call ‘ Dry January. ‘
Published by the Research Society on Alcoholism, a new analysis of death certificates reveals the figures have grown rapidly in recent decades.
Estimates show the number of deaths associated with alcohol per year among people aged 16 + has doubled from 35,914 in 1999 to 72,558 in 2017. In the interactive graph above you can see that for both 1999 and 2017, alcoholic liver disease was the leading cause of alcohol-related deaths in the United States.
Five tips to prevent alcohol poisoning were provided by the American Addiction Centres:
Drink moderately, or stick to one drink an hour Drink water after each drink or two
Never drink on an empty stomach
Stop games or circumstances where there is too much incentive to drink
Don’t mix alcohol with other things, including prescription drugs
Every year more men than died from alcohol-related causes, but over time the rise was greater for women than for men.
“Increased alcohol use and associated harms among women include increasing evidence that women are at higher risk than men at comparative levels of alcohol exposure to cardiovascular diseases related to alcohol, some cancers, alcohol-related liver disease, and acute liver failure caused by excessive drinking,” authors said.
“Because women achieve higher levels of blood alcohol than men of equivalent weights after drinking the same quantity of alcohol, their body tissues are exposed to more alcohol and acetaldehyde, a toxic alcohol metabolite, after each drink.”
Excessive alcohol use led to 88,000 deaths in the United States each year from 2006 to 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control. CDC figures also found that excessive drinking among working-age adults aged 20-64 was responsible for 1 in 10 deaths.