Study: Alcohol-Related Deaths Rising; Georgia Among States with Highest Death Rates
GEORGIA – A recent study from the University of Washington found that alcohol-related deaths are on the rise in the United States, especially among women. The study, which is detailed online by dailymail.co.uk, also found that Georgia has one of the highest rates of alcohol deaths in the country.*
Between 2007 and 2017, according to the study, alcohol-related deaths jumped 35 percent in the United States. Among women, that number was dramatically higher. Alcohol deaths in American women increased by 67 percent during the same 10-year timeframe. The data seem startling, in part because the incline in alcohol abuse in the United States has stayed under the radar, a reality that some experts attribute to the country’s focus on the opioid epidemic.
“The story is that no one has noticed this,” said Max Griswold, of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. “It hasn’t really been researched before.”
The sharp increase in women dying from alcohol-related incidents or diseases might be related to a shift in the cultural norms associated with female drinking. While women were previously chastised for drinking any amount, it is now socially acceptable for women to drink often and in excess.
“It’s gone from being taboo for women to drink at all to being expected in some settings, professional groups – even to drink to intoxication,” said Deidra Roach, M.D., medical project officer of the NIAAA Division of Treatment and Recovery Research. “[But] [w]omen are generally smaller than men and have less total body water and more total body fat. Blood alcohol levels rise more quickly and stay elevated longer in women, so the harmful effects of alcohol, even if a man and woman drink the same amount, will show up sooner in the woman.”
According to the researchers’ report, alcohol-related death rates for both genders are highest in Washington, D.C., Alabama, and Georgia.
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