Americans are dying from alcohol at record rates

Americans are dying from alcohol at record rates

Americans are drinking themselves to death at record rates. In a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it shows that 30,700 people died from alcohol poisoning and/or cirrhosis of the liver in 2014.

But in 2014, more people died from alcohol-induced causes than from overdoses of heroin and prescription painkillers combined, according to the CDC.

The figures revealed that in 2014, there were 9.6 deaths per 100,000 people as a result of alcohol abuse - excluding deaths from drink driving, accidents or homicides that occurred while under the influence of alcohol.

Deaths from heroin and prescription painkillers have skyrocketed since the early 2000s, so public health experts have expended their energy and focus on those issues.

Patterns vary widely from state to state, for reasons that are not always obvious. The highest death rate caused by alcohol in the last 35 years has been registered. That's because several recent studies have shown that, while heroin and other illegal drugs are bad for you, the most riskyunsafe as any drug.

Somewhat predictably, the heaviest drinkers are at greatest risk for alcohol-induced causes of mortality.

Holiday heart syndrome can happen if you don't typically drink alcohol, but then have a few at a holiday party or you binge-drink and then develop an irregular heartbeat, called atrial fibrillation.

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