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WEDNESDAY, Jan. 8, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The number of annual alcohol-related deaths in the United States more than doubled between 1999 and 2017, according to a new study.
During that time, the rate of such deaths rose from 16.9 to 25.5 per 100,000, a 50.9%#37; increase, CNN reported.
The actual number of alcohol-related deaths increased from 35,914 in 1999 to 72,558 in 2017, with nearly 1 million deaths in that time period. In 2017, 2.6% of 2.8 million deaths in the U.S. were alcohol related.
Men had a higher alcohol-related death rate than women, but the largest annual increase was among white women. The death rate increased more for people between ages 55-64, and was higher among American Indians and Alaska natives.
The actual number of alcohol-related deaths is likely higher than the figures in the study, according to the researchers, CNN reported.
The study was published Wednesday in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.
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