Drinking, if done responsibly, can be a simple, fun way of passing the time while hanging out. However, more and more people appear to not be in the know regarding responsible drinking, as studies suggest alcohol is killing more Americans than ever.
- Every year, over 5000 underage Americans die because of alcohol related causes
- Women have been consistently drinking more and more over the past decade
- 70% of underage citizens interviewed admit to drinking
- 8% of women and 17% of men will face alcohol addiction during their lifetimes
- Alcohol abuse is the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States
According to data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, over 30,700 US citizens died of cirrhosis of the liver and alcohol poisoning over the past year.
If we’re to look at other alcohol-related deaths, like those caused by DUIs and aggressive behavior, the numbers rise to over 88,000.
In 2014, the number of deaths related to alcohol showed a huge increase, rising by 37% since 2002. With 9.6 deaths caused by alcohol abuse per 100,000, 2014 was declared to show the largest increase in the past 35 years. And this year, it would seem that statistics are even higher.
According to a different study, binge drinking has increased to such a frequency, that it causes an average of 6 deaths per day in the United States alone.
Yes, you read that right. 6 people are dying every single day of alcohol abuse, and most of those people are teenagers.
Another eye opening comparison would be the number of deaths caused by alcohol consumption and drug abuse in 2014. According to CDC, excessive alcohol consumption led to 30,722 death last year, while heroin and prescription drugs combined caused 28,647 deaths.
According to the study, over 24 million American adults consume around 74 drinks per week, which would mean that around 7.4 American adults are suffering from alcoholism.
The concerns raised by this study are huge. Not only are more and more people suffering from alcoholism, but every single ethnic and social group has started drinking more than in previous years.
These incredible levels of alcohol intake might be related to the skyrocketing levels of depression seen around the country, but studies have yet to make a connection.
Even though some studies showed the beneficial effects of moderate drinking on Alzheimer’s, it would seem that US citizens are going for a new record.
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