Alcohol Use Disorder Associated With Sixfold Increase In All-Cause Mortality Across Age Groups

Medscape (4/25, Melville) reports, “Alcohol use disorder [AUD] is associated with a nearly sixfold increase in all-cause mortality across age groups, but the risks are linked to individual and familial predispositions in early adulthood and to the course of alcohol abuse in later years,” the findings of a large study published online April 20 in JAMA Psychiatry indicate. An accompanying editorial called for “further studies on specific causes of mortality associated with AUDs in early to middle adulthood and their association with risk taking and violent experiences.” The study received funding support from the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, among others.

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