More people in the US are dying of alcohol-related causes and the biggest increases in mortality are among women, according to a new analysis.
From 2007 to 2017, the number of deaths attributable to alcohol increased 35 percent, the USA Today newspaper reported Friday, citing the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Deaths among men rose 29 percent, while rising 67 percent among women, the study found, an alarming statistic because females once drank far less than males.
Deaths among people aged 45 to 64 rose by about 25 percent.
“The story is that no one has noticed this,” says Max Griswold, who helped develop the alcohol estimates for the institute. “It hasn’t really been researched before.”
Washington, DC, the capital of the United States, had the highest rate of death from alcohol in the country, according to the institute’s analysis.
The institute published a study in…