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Usual alcohol consumption and suicide mortality among the Korean elderly in rural communities: Kangwha Cohort Study.

Alcohol lovers may have a greater tendency to commit suicide than non-drinkers.

​The aim of this study was to examine whether alcohol can increase the risk of death by suicide. Researchers surveyed 6,163 Korean rural dwellers aged 55 years and above for a period of 23 years. Over the course of the study, 61 cases of suicide were recorded.

Researchers found a high incidence of suicide among alcohol consumers. A 12% increase in suicide risk was associated with the intake of extra 10 drinks per week, and this association was found to be stronger in women. This 2016 study of Korean men and women documented a positive association between fondness for alcohol and increased suicide risk.

Research Summary Information

  • 2016
  • Yi SW, Jung M, Kimm H, Sull JW, Lee E, Lee KO, Ohrr H.
  • Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Catholic Kwandong University College of Medicine, Gangneung, Republic of Korea Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, Catholic Kwandong University College of Medicine, Gangneung, Republic of Korea. Department of Public Health, Yonsei University Graduate School, Seoul, Republic of Korea. Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion, Graduate School of Public Health, Yonsei University, Seoul, Republic of Korea. Department of Biomedical Laboratory Science, Eulji University College of Health Science, Sungnam, Republic of Korea. Department of Nursing, Sangmyung University, Cheonan, Republic of Korea. Department of Preventive Medicine, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Republic of Korea.
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