"Never been better" is how President Trump and the mainstream would describe the economy with its multi-decade low unemployment, record high share prices, and more job openings than applicants.
However, judging by a new study by BMJ, "never been worse" may be a better description of America.
As Statista's Sarah Feldman notes, alcohol related liver deaths have been rising in the U.S over the past 7 years. In the decade preceding this uptick, these deaths were on the mend, raising the question - if everything is so awesome, why are Americans drinking themselves to death in record numbers?
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Southern and western states have had the greatest change in alcohol related liver deaths.
Other demographic groups also carry a higher burden of this spike. Young people ages 25 to 34 years old-- particularly young men-- seem to be driving the upward trend in alcohol related liver deaths.
Liver failure usually takes years to develop and become deadly, which is why middle-aged men have historically been the face of the disease. The progressed cases of alcohol related liver deaths happening to a young age group signal that the alcohol abuse these people are engaging in is very severe.
Advanced alcohol abuse is linked to depression, particularly for young men but not older people or women. The authors correlate the worsening trend in alcohol related liver deaths—particularly among young men-- with the 2008 financial recession.