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Study Finds Alcohol Related Deaths Huge For Native Americans

A new federal report released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention claim that nearly 12 percent of deaths in the American Indian and Alaskan Native population are alcohol related. This statistic when compared to the national average of 3.3 percent for the US as a whole has been a “call to action."

The study examined all alcohol-related deaths between 2001 and 2005 and found the two leading causes of alcohol-related deaths among the Indian populations were traffic accidents and liver disease. This study however, may still be low as other alcohol-related deaths like tuberculosis, pneumonia, and colon cancer, all of which are usually associated with alcohol abuse, were not included.

The largest number of tribal deaths related to alcohol consumption, nearly a third of the total numbers, occurred in the Northern Plains. The lowest numbers were in Alaska. Although the study did not research regional causes that might cause such a disparity, one researcher offered: “It may be a function of social perceptions of alcohol in that particular region.” Meaning, one assumes, that peer pressure does not always end with adolescence.

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chatondeneige chatondeneige 7 years
Oh my.
chatondeneige chatondeneige 7 years
Oh my.
raciccarone raciccarone 7 years
No. You're much funnier.
organicsugr organicsugr 7 years
Am I as funny as drunk Indians?
raciccarone raciccarone 7 years
You're funny organic.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 7 years
I'm not surprised by this study, but it still is sad to hear :(
organicsugr organicsugr 7 years
"I am just glad this won't reinforce any stereotypes." That's not funny, and I don't appreciate your sarcasm. This is a serious issue.
raciccarone raciccarone 7 years
:wave:
bellaressa bellaressa 7 years
Welcome Back Rac!
bellaressa bellaressa 7 years
Welcome Back Rac!
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 7 years
If you haven't already, everyone should read one of my favorite authors, Sherman Alexie, beginning with "Reservation Blues."
raciccarone raciccarone 7 years
I am just glad this won't reinforce any stereotypes.
bellaressa bellaressa 7 years
Kim--b/c they decided to actually publish the study?
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
Having heard a lot about the rampant alcoholism on the reservations, I'm not surprised by this at all. The problems that community has are tragic.
stephley stephley 7 years
This is a really old, really serious problem - and suggesting peer pressure is demeaning.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 7 years
I know Bella I was thinking the same thing.. why is this suddenly a "new study"... ???
bellaressa bellaressa 7 years
This is not new.
bellaressa bellaressa 7 years
This is not new.
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