Deaths caused by alcohol are on the increase in the United States between 1999 and 2017: this is the result of a study presented in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, which therefore underlines once again how serious the phenomenon of alcoholism can be and continues to be today.
According to the researchers, the number of people who have died and whose deaths may be related to alcohol intake with an age of 16 years or older has in fact increased from 35,914 to 72,558. This is an increase from 16.9 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants to 25.5 deaths.
In total, there were almost one million alcohol-related deaths between 1999 and 2017.
Moreover, in the United States alone in 2017, 2.6% of the 2.8 million deaths recorded in the country were alcohol-related.
The majority of deaths can be related to alcohol abuse and therefore to liver disease or alcohol abuse in conjunction with other drugs.
Among males, the highest rates of abuse are reported, while age groups between 45 and 74 years are the most exposed. In terms of ethnic groups, non-Hispanic American Indians and Alaska natives are the most exposed.