The next time you provide for your health, you may want it to be a water.
American drinkers drink more, according to two new studies this month, and that is causing more alcohol-related deaths.
Thanks to our balloon inflators, 73,000 Americans died from liver disease and other alcohol-related diseases in 2017, more than double in 1999 when that number was 36,000, according to data from the National Center for Health Statistics.
While men died at higher rates overall, the study, published last week in the journal “Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research,” reported that the largest increases in alcohol-induced deaths occurred among middle-aged people. age and women, especially white women.
“With the increases in alcohol consumption among women, there has been an increase in damages for women, including emergency room visits, hospitalization and deaths,” Aaron White, lead author of the study, told NPR .
His research indicates that alcohol is even more deadly than illicit drugs, including opioids, which claimed the lives of approximately 70,000 in 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, cigarettes remain the number 1 killer in the United States with more than 480,000 deaths each year due to smoking-related diseases.
That study was not the only sobering evidence of the growing problem in the United States.
CDC researchers revealed this week a 12% increase in excessive alcohol consumption during a six-year period ending in 2017, according to data extracted from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.
The CDC totaled the annual amount of beverages consumed by compulsive adult consumers, that is, those who regularly drink four or more alcoholic beverages on one occasion, and discovered that the average amount had increased from 472 in 2011 to 529 in 2017.
For men, the average number increased from 587 to 666 during the study period, compared to women whose excessive alcohol consumption increased from 256 to 290, a differential of 79 versus 34. They also found that those who had not completed High school saw a jump of 45.8%. For people with family incomes of less than $ 25,000 per year, the annual average jumped from 543 to 673.
The CDC report also revealed averages of excessive alcohol consumption by state, and showed that nine states are drinking more than they did in 2011, including New Jersey and New York. In 2017, the state with the lowest average number of drinks during a binge was Massachusetts with 320; the highest was Wyoming with 1,219.
The CDC reminds that excessive alcohol consumption and alcoholism can lead to risky behaviors, such as driving while intoxicated, domestic violence, unprotected sex that results in pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, as well as strokes, heart disease and liver, among other diseases.