Alcohol-Induced Mortality in the US, by Gender and Race/Ethnicity

"In 2014, a total of 30,722 persons died of alcohol-induced causes in the United States (Tables 10, 12, and 13). This category includes deaths from dependent and nondependent use of alcohol, as well as deaths from accidental poisoning by alcohol. It excludes unintentional injuries, homicides, and other causes indirectly related to alcohol use, as well as deaths due to fetal alcohol syndrome (for a list of alcohol-induced causes, see Technical Notes).

"The age-adjusted death rate for alcohol-induced causes for the total population increased significantly, 3.7%, from 8.2 in 2013 to 8.5 in 2014 (Tables I–5 and I–6). For males, the age-adjusted death rate for alcohol-induced causes in 2014 was 2.8 times the rate for females. Compared with the rate for the white population, the rate for the black population was 31.9% lower.

"Among the major race-sex and race-ethnicity-sex groups, the age-adjusted rate for alcohol-induced death increased significantly in 2014 from 2013 for white males (3.8%), white females (8.9%), black females (13.8%), Hispanic males (7.2%), non-Hispanic white males (3.2%), non-Hispanic white females (6.3%), and non-Hispanic black females (13.3%). The rate for non-Hispanic black males did not change significantly."


Kochanek KD, Murphy SL, Xu JQ, Tejada-Vera B. Deaths: Final data for 2014. National vital statistics reports; vol 65 no 4. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2016, p. 13.