According to new research from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), one million people died from alcohol-related causes between 1999 and 2017. Scientists also found the number of death certificates mentioning alcohol more than doubled from 35,914 in 1999 to 72,558 in 2017. “Alcohol is not a benign substance and there are many ways it can contribute to mortality,” said NIAAA Director Dr. George F. Koob. “The current findings suggest that alcohol-related deaths involving injuries, overdoses, and chronic diseases are increasing across a wide swath of the population. The report is a wakeup call to the growing threat alcohol poses to public health.”

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