By Natalie Rahhal Acting Us Health Editor For Dailymail.com
Published: 15:38 GMT, 8 January 2020 | Updated: 15:40 GMT, 8 January 2020
Deaths linked to alcohol more than doubled in the US between 1999 and 2017, a new study reveals.
Over the course of those 18 years, drinking killed nearly one million Americans, according to the new research from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
And women are dying from booze at a disproportionate rate compared to men.
The NIH scientists note that alcohol has led to a steadily increasing number of emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and deaths year over year for the past two decades.
Between 1999 and 2017, the number of deaths from alcohol surged by over 100% in the US, with booze accounting for 2.6% of all deaths by the latter year, the NIH found
Alcohol can be deadly all on its own, over time, in combination with other substances or can turn a vehicle or situation deadly.
In 1999, 35,914 Americans lost their lives to booze, according to the NIH's analysis of death certificates.
By 2017, that number had surged to 72,558 people over the age of 16.
That year, alcohol-related deaths made up about 2.6 of all deaths in the US.
The liver can process about an ounce of booze an hour effectively.
But once the liver is at capacity, booze lingers around the body,