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Study: 12 percent of Indian deaths due to alcohol
08/29/08 at 19:03:09
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Study: 12 percent of Indian deaths due to alcohol

By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Almost 12 percent of the deaths among American Indians and Alaska Natives are alcohol-related — more than three times the percentage in the general population, a new federal report says.

The report released Thursday by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found 11.7 percent of deaths among American Indians and Alaska Natives between 2001 and 2005 were alcohol-related, compared with 3.3 percent for the U.S. as a whole.

Dwayne Jarman, a CDC epidemiologist who works for the Indian Health Service and is one of the study's authors, said it is the first national survey that measures American Indian deaths due to alcohol. It should be a "call to action" for federal, state, local and tribal governments, he said.

The researchers obtained their statistics by analyzing death certificates over the four-year period.

The two leading causes of alcohol-related deaths among Indians were traffic accidents and alcoholic liver disease, each of which cause more than a quarter of the 1,514 alcohol-related deaths over the four-year period.

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I am not sure, but I think these figures could be misleading.
Narrowing down one specific ethnicity is going to be a lot smaller than the rest of the nation, so therefore, wouldn't that propel the 'percent' up as a result in comparison?  I would be curious then to know what is the percentage rate if limited to just, let's say, the Irish or Italian or Puerto Rican or blacks, etc.?  One thing I have learned about alcohol abuse and/or drugs.  They do not discriminate.  They are both equal opportunity employers.
  


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