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

"In 2019, a total of 39,043 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 increased 5.1%, from 9.9 in 2018 to 10.4 in 2019 (Tables 5, 10, and I–3). For males in 2019, the age-adjusted death rate for alcohol-induced causes was 2.6 times the rate for females. The rate increased 3.4% for males and 5.4% for females from 2018 to 2019 (Tables 5, 10, and I–3).

"Among the major race-ethnicity groups—Age-adjusted rates increased 4.7% for the non-Hispanic white population, 7.0% for the non-Hispanic black population, and 7.1% for the Hispanic population from 2018 to 2019. In 2019, the ageadjusted death rate for non-Hispanic white males was 32.8% higher than for non-Hispanic black males and 11.2% lower than for Hispanic males. The rate for non-Hispanic white females was 61.9% higher than for non-Hispanic black females and 78.9% higher than for Hispanic females. Rates increased 3.3% for nonHispanic white males, 4.6% for non-Hispanic white females, 6.3% for non-Hispanic black males, and 15.2% for Hispanic females.

"The age-adjusted rate for alcohol-induced death did not change significantly in 2019 from 2018 for non-Hispanic black females and Hispanic males."


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