Magazine article The Alcoholism Report

Alcohol-Related Deaths Made Up Nearly 5% of National Mortality in 1987 - CDC

Magazine article The Alcoholism Report

Alcohol-Related Deaths Made Up Nearly 5% of National Mortality in 1987 - CDC

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Alcohol-Related Deaths Made Up Nearly 5% of National Mortality in 1987 - CDC

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimated that 105,095 persons died from alcohol-related causes in 1987 - 4.9% of total national mortality. In its March 23 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), CDC said deaths among males predominated at 66.8%, with the gender disparity most marked for mental disorders (alcohol dependence and alcohol abuse deaths having a male/female ratio of 3.7:1) and deaths from intentional injuries attributable to alcohol use (male/female ratio of 3.4:1). Alcohol related mortality (ARM) accounted for 6.3% of deaths among males and 3.4% of deaths among females in 1987.

Certain specific diagnoses were major contributors to ARM. These included motor vehicle crashes (19.3%), homicide (8.7%), suicide (8.1%), alcoholic liver cirrhosis (7.1%), and esophageal cancer (6.5%).

CDC also reported estimates of years of potential life lost (YPLL) for the U. …

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