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New study: Utah has lowest rate of alcohol deaths among 11 states that participated in report

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  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    March 16, 2014 1:51 p.m.

    Hard to argue against saving lives, especially innocent ones.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    March 16, 2014 9:27 p.m.

    Hard to say these results are a surprise, or even newsworthy.

  • 1Reader Sunnyvale, CA
    March 16, 2014 11:41 p.m.

    We wouldn't want there to be any "awkward moments for restaurant operators"! Do people really care that much about seeing their drinks prepared?

    In California, grocery stores often dedicate around 20% of the floor space to alcohol, and there are little corner liquor stores all over--surrounded by low income, more dangerous, and poor neighborhoods--which leads to fewer restaurants as their alcohol income is taken by corner marts and grocers. It is not a better situation here.

  • Kalindra Salt Lake City, Utah
    March 17, 2014 6:28 a.m.

    Virginia and Nebraska are ranked numbers 38 and 8 respectively for beer consumption - Utah is number 51.

    And yet Virginia and Nebraska were within 2 alcohol related deaths per 100,000 if Utah.

    The fact that their consumption rates are that much higher and their death rates that close, indicates there is more to low death rates than just keeping it out of sight and/or not drinking.

    Another way of looking at this is that Utah has rather high death rates for such low consumption - maybe things aren't working so well after all.

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    March 17, 2014 9:42 a.m.

    Is there a reason why there is not a link to the study or at least the name of the study included in the article?

    It is kind of hard to judge the validity of the data provided when the article is so scarce on facts. For instance, what are the other 7 states that were included in the study? How does alcohol consumption between the 11 states compare? When determining "alcohol related deaths," what types of deaths are included in the study?

    It would be nice if we at least had a link so we could verify the claims of the article and make our own determinations about the whys instead of having the newspaper tell us what conclusions we should reach.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    March 17, 2014 10:35 a.m.

    By the same token,
    Utah also had one of the highest levels of perscription drug deaths.
    And is #1 in Anti-Depressant drug use.

    Self medication is NO different, yet less dangerous than perscription medication.

    Choose your poison.

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 17, 2014 12:39 p.m.

    Prohibition demonstrated that alcohol is an inevitable part of society. That doesn't make it less dangerous or less of a public health hazard. Citizens of Utah and every other state have the right to legislate its availability. The liquor lobby will keep up its pressure to increase their profits at the publics expense.

  • bshelt SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    March 17, 2014 3:29 p.m.

    The establishment uses studies like this to make their case however, it's flawed data. Less people drink here because of religious moral reasons so of course less deaths. Has nothing to do with laws put in pace by the hierarchy of the church, I mean legislature.