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Alcohol Death Rate Rises 60 Percent in 20 Years

With a 60 percent rise in the number of deaths related to drinking within the past 20 years, it comes as no surprise that the amount of people seeking help in alcohol rehab centers has risen substantially. Drinking is having a severe impact on people from San Jose to the East Coast and causing many to speculate at the cause. The statistics show that alcohol-related deaths are a very serious issue indeed.

Alcohol and Cancer Linked, Warns Medical Officer

England’s chief medical officer recently warned the public about the direct relationship between alcohol and an increased risk of cancer. And with strong evidence linking drinking to an increased risk of five separate types of cancer, more and more people are interested in getting to the root of this worldwide health crisis.

Alcohol Supersedes Heroin Overdose Death Rate

In 2015, approximately 30,700 Americans died from drinking-related causes, such as alcohol poisoning and cirrhosis (a condition that results from excessive drinking). Many of these fatalities were also a result of additional accidents, homicides committed while drinking and drunk driving.

Compared to the death rate associated with other substances—such as heroin or prescription painkillers—the amount of drinking-related deaths more than supersedes them. This staggering statistic has prompted alcohol rehab centers in San Jose and across the nation to invest additional time and resources into education concerning drinking-related deaths.

Researchers Urge Health Officials to Increase Education

Per-capita alcohol consumption has been steadily increasing since the end of the 1990s. “Since the prevalence of heavy drinking tends to follow closely with per capita consumption, it is likely that one explanation for the growth in drinking-related deaths is that more people are drinking more,” Philip J. Cook, a Duke University professor told The Washington Post in December 2015.

This might help explain the upward influx in admissions to alcohol rehab centers throughout the country, specifically in well-populated cities such as San Jose. In reaction to the heightened dangers involved with heavy drinking, researchers are beginning to urge public health officials to focus more on educating the public about the risks associated with drinking.