Rate of Alcohol-induced Deaths, Alaska and U.S. by Year, 2001-2009
Definition: Alcohol-induced deaths include fatalities from causes such as degeneration of the nervous system due to alcohol, alcoholic liver disease, gastritis, myopathy, pancreatitis, poisoning, and more . It does not include accidents, homicides, and other causes indirectly related to alcohol use.
Between 2006 and 2008, Alaska’s rate of alcohol-induced deaths was approximately 3 times the U.S. rate. The alcohol-induced death rate is significantly higher for Alaska Natives than for non-Natives
. Preliminary 2008 data shows that alcohol-induced deaths resulted in 23.5 years of potential life lost per decedent. Alcohol-induced deaths are expressed as Years of Potential Life Lost (YPLL), or an estimate of the average time a person would have lived had he/she not died prematurely due to alcohol.
Source: DHSS Division of Public Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics
(last updated 11/20/09)