According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drugs, alcohol, and suicide are causing a decline in life expectancy in the United States.
New data from the World Health Organization (WHO) has revealed that alcohol causes 5 percent of deaths worldwide, and young people are the most widely affected.
- 13.5 percent of deaths among people in their 20s were linked to alcohol.
- Of all the alcohol-related deaths in 2016, 75 percent of them affected men
- Most of the alcohol-related deaths (29 percent) were caused by injuries, like car accidents or suicide
- other causes of alcohol-related deaths included in the report were digestive disorders (21 percent), cardiovascular disease (19 percent)
If you or someone you know is seeking help for substance use, call the SAMHSA National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP(4357).