In case you underestimate the power of the poison known as alcohol or need a reason to quit, a new study found that alcohol accounts for 20% of deaths for Americans aged 20 to 49.
The results considered alcohol poisoning, vehicle crashes, and the long-term consequences of heavy drinking, like alcoholic liver disease. That means one in five people died with the help of alcohol in one way or another.
The study also included people up to age 64, finding that 12.9% of all deaths per year were due to excessive alcohol consumption, jumping to 20.3% when accounting only for those aged 20 to 49.
Marrissa Esser, a health scientist at the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, served as the study’s principal investigator. It was released in the JAMA Network Open earlier this week.
In particular, Esser and her team examined national and state mortality data from 2015 to 2019 in search of deaths wholly or partially attributed to binge drinking.
New Mexico reported the highest concentration of deaths with 21.7%, while Mississippi scored lowest at 9.3%.
The study’s authors claimed that different policies, such as raising alcohol taxes and controlling the density of alcohol-sales establishments in a region, could decrease alcohol-related fatalities.
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