Americans are increasingly trying to relieve themselves of their emotional pain by self medicating with alcohol and drugs.
Since 2009, a growing number of Americans have died from liver disease and liver cancer.
The increase among 25- to 34-year-olds is especially troubling because the deaths are due to cirrhosis, a disease caused by excessive drinking, the authors of a new study said. The researchers suspect the economic downturn in 2008 prompted people to comfort themselves with alcohol.
“These are deaths of despair,” said lead researcher Dr. Elliot Tapper, an assistant professor of gastroenterology at the University of Michigan.