Alcohol Related Deaths Statistics
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The number of alcohol-related deaths every year is alarmingly high, with approximately 75,000 lives lost annually to this menace. The tragic fact is that these deaths not only affect those chronic alcoholics; family members and even innocent strangers fall prey to the perils of drinking, thanks to domestic violence, drunk driving and homicides.
Sadly, alcohol related deaths are often avoidable, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stating that when it comes to ‘preventable causes’ of death in America, death due to alcoholism is the third top reason. Cirrhosis, the liver disease that occurs due to chronic alcohol abuse, claimed close to 13,000 lives in the US alone, as per the National Center for Health Statistics. As per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration records, more than 16,500 people lost their lives due to accidents that happened because someone was drunk. Statistics also reveal that the year 2005 also saw more than 21,600 people succumb to diseases due to alcohol abuse, like pancreatitis, cardiomyopathy and alcohol poisoning.
Most deaths due to alcoholism happen because of chronic alcoholism, traffic deaths due to alcoholism, inability to cope with severe alcohol withdrawal symptoms, terminal alcohol overdose, and fatal birth defects in newborns and fetal alcohol syndrome that claim the lives of children. When drinking is not kept under control and leads to alcoholism, it invariably leads to a number of serious complications and if left untreated, causes untimely death. There are also a number of deaths each year that occur due to causes that are not instantly linked to alcohol abuse.
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