The American Cancer Society reported that U.S. deaths from cancer dropped by 2.2% in 2018, for their largest single-year decline ever seen. Much of the decline came from reduced rates of lung cancer, since fewer Americans are now smoking. But the National Health Institute’s arm on alcohol abuse and alcoholism reported that deaths from alcohol and related diseases such as cirrhosis of the liver have doubled over the period from 1999 through 2017, rising from about 36,000 to 73,000. Alcohol and opioids together are killing almost 10,000 Americans each month.
TAKEAWAY: Have a serious discussion about alcohol & vaping with your child. If you are engaged in such activities, consider quitting.