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By On June 19th, 2009

Alcohol a Common Factor in Suicides

An interesting study was published today in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, which examined the relationship between alcohol and suicide across a variety of ethnic groups. The study, conducted by the CDC, found that nearly a quarter of patients that committed suicide had a blood alcohol level above the legal limit. The numbers were much higher, however, among American Indians/Alaska Natives and Hispanics. Among American Indians/Alaska Natives, 37% of those that committed suicide had a blood alcohol level above the legal limit and for Hispanics the numbers fell at 29%. According to Alex Crosby, MD, of the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, “Alcohol is connected to suicides across all groups… when programs try to address suicide prevention, they should definitely include alcohol as one component.” The study is unique in that, while the relationship between alcohol consumption and suicide has been long known, risk factors among specific ethnic groups have not. Click here to read an article from ABC News that discusses the study more.

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