Alcohol-Induced Mortality in the US, by Gender and Race/Ethnicity

"In 2018, a total of 37,329 persons died of alcohol-induced causes in the United States (Tables 6, 8, and I–3). This category includes deaths from dependent and nondependent use of alcohol, and deaths from accidental poisoning by alcohol. It excludes unintentional injuries, homicides, and other causes indirectly related to alcohol use, and deaths due to fetal alcohol syndrome. For a list of alcohol-induced causes, see Technical Notes.

"The age-adjusted death rate for alcohol-induced causes for the total population increased significantly, by 3.1%, from 9.6 in 2017 to 9.9 in 2018 (Tables 5, 10, and I–3). The rate for alcoholinduced causes increased 2.8% for males and 5.7% for females in 2018 from 2017 (Tables 5, 10, and I–3). For males, the ageadjusted death rate for alcohol-induced causes in 2018 was 2.6 times the rate for females. The age-adjusted death rate for nonHispanic white males was 36.6% higher than for non-Hispanic black males and 10.5% lower than for Hispanic males. The rate for non-Hispanic white females was 66.7% higher than for nonHispanic black females and 97.0% higher than for Hispanic females.

"The age-adjusted rate for alcohol-induced death did not change significantly in 2018 from 2017 for Hispanic males and females."


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