Americans are DRINKING Themselves to Death: Alcohol poisoning and cirrhosis ‘deaths hit record high’


Alcohol poisoning and cirrhosis ‘deaths hit record high’


  • 30,700 people in the US died in 2014 from alcohol-induced causes
  • That statistic reflects a 37 per cent increase from 2002, federal data shows
  • CDC also said there were 28,647 deaths from opioid overdose last year
  • However, alcohol abuse led to 2,000 more deaths than opioids in 2014



More Americans than ever before are losing their lives to alcohol-induced illness, experts have warned.

Deaths linked to alcohol hit a record high in 2014, new figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal.

More than 30,700 people died last year, from conditions including alcohol poisoning and cirrhosis.

There were 9.6 deaths from these causes per 100,000 people in 2014 – a 37 per cent increase since 2002, the Washington Post reported.

Furthermore, the statistics exclude deaths as a result of drink driving, homicides committed under the influence of alcohol and other accidents.


Alcohol-induced deaths hit record highs in 2014, with 30,700 Americans dying because of alcohol, according to federal data. That statistic doesn’t include deaths from drunk driving or homicide under the influence of alcohol – but reflects a 37 per cent jump from alcohol-related deaths in 2002


In 2013, CDC figures reveal there were 29,001 alcohol-related deaths – excluding accidents and homicides.

Furthermore, there were 18,146 alcoholic liver disease deaths that year as well.

And, the 2014 National Health Interview Survey found that 24.9 per cent of adults 18 years and over had at least one heavy drinking day in 2013.

Excessive alcohol use can lead to short-term health problems – such as injuries, violence and alcohol poisoning.

But the CDC warns it can also have long-term health risks – having been linked to a number of chronic diseases, including various cancers and addiction.


The CDC guidelines define excessive or binge drinking for women as consuming four drinks in one sitting, while heavy drinking is defined as eight drinks a week.

For men binge drinking occurs when five drinks are consumed in one night, while heavy drinking is defined as 15 drinks or more a week.  

Dr Philip Cook, a Duke University professor, told the Washington Post that per-capita alcohol consumption has been increasing since the late 1990s.

He said: ‘Since the prevalence of heavy drinking tends to follow closely with per capita consumption, it is likely that one explanation for the growth in alcohol-related deaths is that people are drinking more.’


It comes as another recent report from the CDC revealed deaths linked to drug overdoses reached record levels in 2014.

The CDC said overdose deaths increased by 6.5 per cent in 2014 – claiming 47,055 lives in the US.

That figure is the highest reported in the country since at least 1970, CDC records revealed.

Prescription painkiller overdoses accounted for 61 per cent of those deaths in 2014 – a 14 per cent increase from 2013.


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