If you are an alcoholic, the odds of walking out of a hospital alive aren’t half as good as a normal person’s. A new study recently published online in the journal European Psychiatry not only found that one in five alcoholics who checked into a hospital died during their stay (compared to only one and 12 non-alcoholics), but also that alcoholics were likely to be eight years younger than the other group when they died. According to a study published earlier this year in the Journal Addiction, nearly 80,000 people die as a result of drinking in the North and South America alone, with 84% of those being men. The shocking findings of both of these studies signify a red flag in how we are dealing with, diagnosing and treating alcoholism, which is clearly as grave of an illness as ever.
Alcoholics Face Greater Death Risk When Hospitalized
October 11, 2016