Alcohol, Other Drug Use Raise Risk of Suicide
September 19, 2006
individuals who also use alcohol or other drugs
are more likely to attempt suicide than those
who are depressed but don't drink or use illicit
drugs, according to new research from the
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
The report, "Suicidal
Thoughts, Suicide Attempts, Major Depressive
Episode, and Substance Use Among Adults,"
found that 10.4 percent of adults who suffered a
major depressive event (MDE) attempted suicide,
14.5 percent made a suicide plan, 40.3 percent
thought about killing themselves, and 56.3
percent thought that it would be better if they
But these rates went
even higher when depression was compounded with
alcohol or other drug abuse: the rate of suicide
attempts, for example, rose 14 percent higher
among binge drinkers, and 20 percent among those
who used illicit drugs.
The report was
released in conjunction with National Suicide
Prevention Week (September 10-16).