Researchers have synthesized information from 2014 and found that an increasing amount of Americans died due to alcohol-related causes. Other studies have shown that older adults are increasingly more at risk for abusing alcohol, and suffering from complications and diseases related to alcohol abuse. This information is important because it shows that alcohol abuse and alcohol-related illnesses are very prevalent in society and may not be addressed properly through primary care, prevention or treatment.
“Since the prevalence of heavy drinking trends to follow closely with per capita consumption, it is likely that one explanation for the growth in alcohol-related deaths is that more people are drinking more,” explained Duke University professor Phillip J. Cook.
The research shows that 30,700 Americans passed away in 2014 from alcohol-related causes. This translates to 9.6 people out of every 100,000 people in the country. Researchers point out that this is a 37% increase from 2002. This figure does not include all the fatalities from drunk driving crashes or incidents.
So, why are so many people dying from alcohol-related causes? Some point out that the continued focus on prescription abuse and heroin has taken the attention away from alcohol use disorders. Another potential reason for the increase in the amount of deaths is that families and friends tend to dismiss the signs that someone is abusing alcohol.
Ignoring the fact that someone is drinking alone, or always has a reason to drink, someone that is emotional and gets even more emotional when they drink, or someone who has intense mood swings and makes bad decisions when they consume alcohol, is what can cause life-threatening medical complications.
In order to prevent alcohol-related diseases or complications, loved ones and family members have to remain vigilant when it comes to the health of their family. Instead of ignoring potential warning signs, family members are urged to talk to professionals for guidance in handling alcohol abuse and getting the abuser to handle their addiction safely and with the right help. Contact us today for more information about alcohol intervention programs and lets help save more lives in 2016.