White women see largest increase in alcohol-related deaths

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The number of alcohol-related or alcohol-induced deaths between 1999 and 2017 has more than doubled in the U.S., with white women shouldering an increased risk, according to a new study.

The study — published Tuesday in the journal, Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research — looked at data from all death certificates from the National Center for Health Statistics that were filed for that 18-year period and found that there were 944,880 alcohol-related deaths in people 16 years of age and over.

There were likely more alcohol-related deaths during that period, as previous reports indicate death certificates often don’t point to the involvement of alcohol.

Though non-Hispanic white women accounted for the most significant increase in alcohol-related annual deaths, the rates of such deaths were highest for men, as well as people 45 to 74 years old, and non-Hispanic American Indians or Alaska Natives.

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