America is either shooting or drinking itself to death. Sometimes both.
Our old friend the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released figures showing that in 2014 more than 30,700 Americans died from alcohol-induced causes, including alcohol poisoning and cirrhosis, the highest number in more than three decades.
That’s more than the numbers of people who died from prescription painkiller and heroin overdoses, at 28,647.
The figures does not include deaths from drunk driving and murders while under the influence.
If they did, the total would be closer to 90,000.
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