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Old 01-08-2020, 08:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Alcohol Is Killing More Americans Than Ever


The number of deaths from alcohol is probably underestimated:

"'Given evidence that death certificates often do not reflect the contribution of alcohol, the magnitude of alcohol-related mortality in the United States is likely much higher than suggested from death certificates alone,' the authors said."

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Absolutely. More than opiates, indeed. And so many COD that have an underlying cause of alcoholism or alcohol abuse is enormous. It's also killing more women.
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Just as noted the binge drinking is a huge problem.

Unlike decades ago I think a lot of these flavored alcoholic drinks contribute because they don't have the bite/reminder that one is drinking hard liquor especially among the binge drinkers. Also many try to counter the effects after with highly caffeinated energy drinks which isn't great for the body. Some even mix them with alcohol.

Also there is an existing autopsy or lack there of issue to begin with. How many wore down their body with alcohol then passed in a hospital.

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I've had multiple conversations lately about families disclosing the truth in obituaries and funeral/memorial services. It's obviously a very personal choice and plenty of people have strong convictions about this.

I believe that it is brave and beneficial to be honest- if it can help one person struggling to know that a wonderful, smart, caring person named[ ] lost a battle with alcoholism or addiction, and prompt someone to seek help, I'm all for it. My husband knows that I want my life of recovery and passion for publicly sharing my hope in some pretty high profile ways is something I want shared.

It's very Southern Gothic to go the route of shading words and a read-between-the-lines route, and I applaud those who choose to change that family practice.
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It's very Southern Gothic to go the route of shading words and a read-between-the-lines route, and I applaud those who choose to change that family practice.
I like the Southern Gothic reference to shading the truth and talking in euphemisms.

I remember 8 or 10 years ago, a gal my age died from drinking herself to death at the age of 49.

Her family was prominent in the spirits industry.

Her obit read that she had "died peacefully at home", when we all know that death from late stage alcoholism is not a peaceful way to pass on to the next stage.

My obit will certainly speak to my sobriety and the fact that I have tried to help others along the way.

No time soon, though, i hope.
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