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Study: Alcohol-related deaths have doubled in the past 20 years

Posted at 11:22 AM, Jan 09, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A study released on January 7th shows that more and more Americans are drinking themselves to death. Results showed that from 1999 to 2017, the number of alcohol-related deaths more than doubled, from 35,914 to 72,558.

The study analyzed deaths in the U.S., ages 16 and up with data from the National Center for Health Statistics. It found 30% of deaths were from liver disease. About 17% were overdoses involving alcohol, per the study.

Rates are highest among older men, specifically in the 45-74 age range.

"Findings confirm an increasing burden of alcohol on public health and support the need for improving surveillance of alcohol‐involved mortality," concluded the study.

If you're suffering with alcohol addiction, the number for Buffalo Area Alcoholics Anonymous is (716) 853-0388.