Alcohol and suicide among racial/ethnic populations - 17 States, 2005-2006

Date: 2009
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Type:  Report
Author:  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Publisher:  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

MMWR. June 19, 2009; 58(23):637-41. This report analyzes data from the National Violent Death Reporting System in 2005-2006. The overall prevalence of alcohol intoxication was nearly 24% among suicide decedents tested for alcohol, with the highest percentage among American Indian/Alaska Natives (37%), followed by Hispanics (29%) and persons aged 20-49 years (28%). The authors conclude that many populations can benefit from culturally appropriate suicide-prevention strategies that include efforts to reduce alcohol consumption.