Sunday, June 28, 2009

Suicide significantly linked to alcohol intoxication

From Medscape Medical News on 06/26/09

Suicide is linked to alcohol intoxication across a broad range of ethnic groups, according to data from 17 states reported in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) June 17 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

About 24% of those who die from suicide show evidence of alcohol intoxication, including 37% of American Indian/Alaskan Native suicide deaths, 29% of Hispanic suicide deaths, and 28% of persons aged 20 to 49 years. The lowest percentage was 7% in non-Hispanic blacks.

Alcohol is disinhibiting. People with do things intoxicated they would not do sober.

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