The use of alcohol precipitates suicides, according to a study conducted in Portland. Researchers, who analyzed about 58,000 suicide cases, say that the link between alcoholism and suicide is definite. It was found that nearly a quarter of suicide victims are intoxicated at time of death, which leads many to question the effects of alcohol on our nation—could alcohol be more of a problem than we assume it to be? What can we do about it?
Suicide Statistics In The United States
Nearly 40,000 people die every year in the US as a result of suicide. This means that every 15 minutes or so, someone takes their own life. It is estimated that there are about a million suicide attempts every year.
Men are more commonly victims of suicide by about 4 times. White males between the ages of 40 and 59 are, statistically, the most common suicide cases in our nation, a great deal of whom are drug or alcohol abusers. Illustrating this further is the fact that 96% of alcoholics who commit suicide, continue drinking up to the end of their life.
Prominence Of Alcohol Amongst Youth And Adults
Alcohol is the most popular and commonly used drug by teens. This is not a widely known fact, and most people don’t even consider alcohol to be a drug. Its use and acceptability in social settings is so common in adults that teens have inevitably followed suit. Many parents have little concern for their teen or young adult using alcohol.
Factually, about 80% of teens graduating from high school have drank excessively and been drunk. Alcohol abuse in the home makes it much more likely for teens to abuse since the example is so closely set in the family. Mental conditions go hand in hand with alcohol abuse. Some teens, who feel depression, social pressures, anxiety, etc., turn to alcohol to escape from these feelings. Unfortunately, alcohol leaves behind even more intense emotional and physical conditions than prior to its use. Young adults, who have fresh and generally healthy bodies, get hit the worst with a hangover that can last for days.
Because of alcohol’s popularity and acceptability in movies, at parties and even in their own home, the dangers are usually miscalculated by a long way. Alcohol abuse leads to dependency—eventually a teen who parties on the weekends and binge drinks excessively will find that mentally he or she is foggy, depressed, unmotivated and feels hopeless. These feelings can lead to suicidal thoughts and attempts, highlighting the fact that teen alcohol abuse can and does lead to suicide.
Interplay Of Alcohol And Suicide
Some researchers estimate that more than a quarter of suicide victims are intoxicated at time of death. Heavy drinkers are infamous for their mental instability—depression one minute, aggression the next. It is for this reason that alcoholics require careful and close attention.
Treatment should be attained quickly to reduce the risks of suicidal behavior. The drug Narconon program has recommended this for some time as it is proved with long term, successful treatment one can attain sobriety.
The risk of suicide while intoxicated is enough of a reason to get treatment through the drug Narconon program or other facility. Why would one become a statistic when they can fully recover from the problem?
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