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Living Alone May Contribute To Alcohol-Related Mortality

A new study from Finland finds that living alone is connected with an increased risk of alcohol-related mortality. The study suggests that a lack of social relationships should be regarded as a possible risk factor for alcohol-related mortality. Despite this, the idea that a lack of social relationships is a risk factor for death is still not widely recognized by the medical community, policy makers or the public.

The study authors looked at information on about 80 percent of all people who died in Finland between 2000 and 2007, and learned that approximately 18,200 – two-thirds of whom lived alone – died from underlying alcohol-related causes like chronic liver disease or alcoholic poisoning or accidents, violence or heart disease.


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