Alcohol Abuse and Suicide

Drinking alcohol puts users at an increased risk of committing suicide, according to Canada's Center for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). The link between drinking and suicide was especially strong for women.

Researcher Robert Mann found that suicide risk rose with increased alcohol consumption, as well as other factors like unemployment. However, the risk of suicide decreased when heavy drinkers joined Alcoholics Anonymous.

"These results suggest that a 1-liter increase in alcohol consumption led to an increase of 11 percent to 39 percent in suicides," said Mann. "This observation is consistent with individual-level studies that show that heavy drinking, alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence increase a person's risk of suicide substantially ... However, it was heartening to see that increasing AA membership was related to reduced suicide mortality rates."

 

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