During a recent two-year period, alcohol was a factor in approximately 4,400 suicide deaths in 17 U.S. states. This podcast discusses the connection between alcohol and suicide, and also encourages people who have suicidal thoughts to get help.
. Created: 6/18/2009 by MMWR.
Date Released: 6/18/2009. Series Name: A Minute of Health with CDC.
A MINUTE OF HEALTH WITH CDC
Alcohol and Risk of Suicide
Suicide and Alcohol Among Racial/Ethnic Populations — 17 States, United States, 2005–2006
June 18, 2009
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Each year in the U.S., more than 30,000 people die of suicide. During a recent two-year period, alcohol was a factor in approximately four thousand four hundred suicide deaths in 17 U.S. states. The connection between alcohol and suicide was higher among males and present in a variety of racial, ethnic, and age groups. Although many factors can lead to suicide, alcohol can increase depression and hopelessness.
If you are having suicidal thoughts, seek help immediately from a trusted healthcare provider or counselor or call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK.
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