“...the rate of deaths involving alcohol has risen more than 50% over the last two decades”

"In addition to identifying a steep increase in the rate of alcohol-related deaths, the study’s authors also presented other findings showing an increase in the annual number of alcohol-related injuries. From 2006 to 2014, the rate of emergency room admissions due to alcohol consumption increased 47.3% among those older than 12, while alcohol-related hospitalizations increased 51.4% between 2000 and 2015." - W. Examiner

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Bert Perry's picture

They're using death certificates as a proxy for lethality, while admitting that in many cases like drunken driving deaths, only about 16% of death certificates actually list that as a cause.  The paper also mixes alcohol and opioid deaths and confuses mean and median alcohol usage.  That last bit is huge, since the top 10% of drinkers drink over half the alcohol each year.  That's where your deaths are from.  

(interesting side note; the lethality of alcohol among the top 10% of drinkers is similar to that of the "Standard American Diet"/SAD and lack of exercise on all adults....)

GIGO, and peer reviewed.  At least--unlike MIchael Bellesiles on his hilarious work on firearms--these researchers admit the limitations of their method.  

Aspiring to be a stick in the mud.

David R. Brumbelow's picture

Wine is a mocker, strong drink is a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.  -Proverbs 20:1 NKJV

Be sober.  -1Peter 5:8 NKJV

Abstaining from dangerous, recreational drugs is wise and prudent. 

David R. Brumbelow