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This is a statistical study in which the question is discussed from the standpoint of the statistician and actuary rather than from the standpoint of the physician. The figures are taken from the mortality reports of the United States Bureau of the Census, for the registration area for 1908. A tabulation of these reports shows that in the registration area in 1908 there were 18,337 deaths of males between 20 and 74, in which alcohol may have been an important factor, and 13,664 deaths between the same ages and in the same territory, in which alcohol may have been a minor factor. When to these figures are added 852 deaths between the same ages in which alcohol was neither a primary or secondary cause, but may have been a harmful contributing factor, a total number of male deaths between 20 and 74 amounting to 32,853 is obtained in which alcohol
The Mortality of Alcohol.. JAMA. 1912;LVIII(20):1531-1532. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260050207031