Alcohol Abuse Deaths Reach 35 Yr High  E-mail
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01/12/2016 -ATIN - While headlines blare across the nation about the opiate epidemic, people seem to have forgotten about what is, and always has been, the deadliest drug of them all: completely legal alcohol. That point was brought home today as the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence (NCADD) announced that deaths directly attributed to alcohol abuse have reached a 35 year high.Annual alcohol related deaths have typically surpassed all illegal drugs combined.

CDC Data Show 30,000 Deaths

According to the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control (CDC) 30,000 people died from alcohol abuse in 2014, a massive 37 percent jump since 2002.  According to Philip J. Cook, a Duke University professor who studies alcohol consumption patterns, when you factor in deaths directly or indirectly caused by alcohol would cause the number of annual deaths to rise to around 90,000. Per-capita alcohol consumption has been rising nationally since the late 1990s.

Loosening of Alcohol Ad Restrictions

It is probably no accident that the steep rise in alcohol consumption has coincided with a massive loosening of what for many decades were strict restrictions on alcohol advertising, with hard liquor forbidden on TV for the longest time. Anyone watching TV during this recent holiday season couldn't help but notice the literal bombardment of hard liquor ads, often endorsed by popular celebrities and some blatantly targeted at young people.

An earlier version of this article said alcohol related deaths had reached an all time high.  We regret the error.

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Study link help please
written by Heather Ferguson, January 18, 2016
Hello. Can you please provide a link to the study mentioned in this article
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written by alan stevens, January 12, 2016
I think that both the opiate and alcohol epidemic really speaks to the stresses and struggles in society today. Terrorism, financial problems, finding jobs after college, college expenses, and increased shootings and increased world unrest in general, only add to everyday stress. If you note numbers, Russia has nearly a double heroin use as the united states. China is almost the same as the united states and alcohol in Russia morphs numbers here. Considering the condition of Russia , does this increase in the USA scare anyone? The history of alcohol and opiates and marijuana date back 4000 years. That tells us the only real answer is more comprehensive education and prevention in elementary and high school. Strengthening of the family unit and an understanding that in the past we have turned to spirituality to preserve our morality are the tools we have left to fight addiction. Like the Funeral Home business, i think addiction treatment will be around a very very long time.
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