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Alcohol use and death by suicide: A meta-analysis of 33 studies

Alcohol intake may be a contributing factor to the dramatic rise in the number of deaths by suicide.

This meta-analysis explored the correlation between alcohol usage and the risk of dying by suicide. Researchers considered data from 33 studies involving over 10 million participants for this meta-analysis. 

Researchers observed a 94% increase in mortality rates from suicide among alcohol drinkers. This study demonstrated that alcohol consumers may have a high propensity to commit suicide.

Research Summary Information

  • 2022
  • Jason Y Isaacs, Martin M Smith, Simon B Sherry, Martin Seno, Mackenzie L Moore, Sherry H Stewart
  • Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Department of Psychiatry, QEII Health Sciences Centre, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
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