A study by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has shown that individuals who consume alcohol on a regular basis are three times more likely to die from an injury. They studied the rates of death for drinkers, former drinkers, and non-drinkers in the most common causes of injury-related death. These causes are car accidents, accidental falls, fires, drowning and poisonings, suicides through poisoning, gun deaths and hangings, strangulation or suffocation, gun-related homicides, and other homicides.
Between 54 and 64 percent of deaths which are caused by injuries were people who drank alcohol at least 12 times per year. In every one of the categories, people who consumed alcohol during the year were more likely to die from the injury. The highest risk was for drowning, which was 3.6 times more likely to be the cause of death for people who drank alcohol.
Information about the deaths and the individuals’ alcohol consumption was obtained from two surveys that provided data on each of the separate issues.
This study shows yet another way that alcohol abuse can lead to negative consequences in one’s life. People who are suffering from addiction are more likely to engage in risky behaviors and ignore problems caused by drinking. Alcohol makes people less aware of their surroundings. These things may be the reason for the higher risk of injury death among drinkers in the United States.
Individuals who have a problem with alcoholism should get help from an addiction treatment center. There are many types of programs and methods of treatment available in the United States to serve everyone’s needs. For example, those with alcohol abuse can use counseling, support groups, and outpatient treatment programs to quit drinking. For more severe alcohol addiction problems, residential rehab facilities offer the highest likelihood of success without long-term relapse.