“The data… show that alcohol-related deaths have climbed steadily from the 19,469 deaths recorded in 1999. Deaths from misusing alcohol did not decline at any time since that period, and they included not only alcohol poisonings but also alcoholic liver disease and cirrhosis. They do not include deaths from accidents people have while they are drinking, because in these instances, the cause of death would be drowning, a car accident, or a fall.” - Examiner
Americans are drinking themselves to death at a record-breaking rate, according to a report. More than 30,700 people in the country died in 2014 from alcohol-related causes, including alcohol poisoning, the Washington Post reports, citing new federal data. Last year’s rate of 9.6 deaths per 100,000 people is an increase of 37% since 2002, according to the newspaper. More people died from alcohol in 2014 than from overdoses of prescription painkillers and heroin combined, the Post said.