Alcohol consumption is a necessary cause of nearly 80,000 deaths per year in the Americas, study finds

A new study has measured the number and pattern of deaths caused by alcohol consumption in 16 North and Latin American countries. The study reveals that between 2007 and 2009, alcohol was a ‘necessary’ cause of death (i.e., death would not have occurred in the absence of alcohol consumption) in an average of 79,456 cases per year. Liver disease was the main culprit in most countries.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140114202911.htm

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