Americans are binge drinking themselves to death, studies warn

New York Post | 1/17/2020 | Staff
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Next time you toast to your health, you might want to make it a water.

American drinkers are boozing more, according to two new studies this month, and that’s leading to more alcohol-related deaths.

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Thanks to our ballooning benders, 73,000 Americans died from liver disease and other alcohol-related illnesses 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 the largest increases in alcohol-induced deaths were among middle-aged individuals and women, especially white women.

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“With the increases in alcohol use among women, there’s been increases in harms for women including ER visits, hospitalization and deaths,” Aaron White, lead study author, told NPR.

Their research indicates that alcohol is even deadlier than illicit drugs, including opioids, which claimed the lives of about 70,000 in 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cigarettes, however, remain America’s No. 1 killer with more than 480,000 dying each year due to smoking-related illness.

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That study wasn’t the only sobering evidence of America’s growing problem.

Researchers at the CDC revealed this week a 12% increase in binge drinking over a six year period ending...
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