Americans Are Drinking Themselves To Death

Posted: Dec 23 2015, 10:20am CST | by , Updated: Dec 23 2015, 1:04pm CST, in News | Latest Science News

Americans are Drinking Themselves to Death
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When you sit down at the Christmas table for your dinner, you might want to skip the wine this year. That's because several recent studies have shown that, while heroin and other illegal drugs are bad for you, the most dangerous thing to Americans is actually alcohol. In a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it shows that 30,700 people died from alcohol poisoning and/or cirrhosis of the liver in 2014.

The number of DUI related deaths makes that number rise to more than 88,000.

In America, the number of people who drink at least two drinks per month has increased over the last decade by about 2% and women are increasing at a much faster rate than men since 2002.

Several studies completed within the last decade have shown that there are positive effects on health with moderate drinking, including a recent study suggesting it can reduce risk for Alzheimer's disease.

However, binge drinking and alcohol abuse has been a pressing issue in the US, especially in college age students. A recent study showed that alcohol poisoning can cause up to six deaths a day.

The data, experts say, follow drinking patterns that started to emerge in the 1990s. "Since the prevalence of heavy drinking tends to follow closely with per capita consumption, it is likely that one explanation for the growth in alcohol-related deaths is that more people are drinking more," Philip Cook, a researchers at Duke University, told the Washington Post.

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