Denver Has a Drinking Problem5280 Jun 30, 2020
But Bill Burman, director of Denver Public Health [and professor of medicine at CU School of Medicine], sees just as much of a problem with the bottomless mimosas, burger-and-a-beer lunch combos, and all-day “happy hours” that restaurants and bars marketed before the COVID-19 lockdown—and will revive after it’s over.
35%: Percentage increase in the death rate from alcoholic liver disease in Denver County between 1999 and 2017. “Today, liver disease is really affecting women and the young,” says James Burton, a transplant hepatologist at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital [and associate professor of medicine at CU School of Medicine]. “The idea of evaluating a 25-year-old for this 15 years ago would’ve been unthinkable.”
5: Deaths each day in the state of Colorado that can be attributed to excessive drinking; 54 percent of those deaths can be attributed to binge drinking. “Statistics suggest that if you die of an alcohol-related cause,” Denver Health’s Julie Taub [associate professor of medicine at CU School of Medicine] says, “your life was likely shortened by an average of 30 years.”
Parental Neglect “I ask my patients about how alcohol impacts their relationships, and they tell me their kids get upset when they drink, mostly because they are less present and don’t pay attention to the things they should.” —Susan Calcaterra, addiction medicine physician, UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital [and CU School of Medicine]
Divorce “I hear it all the time. ‘Arguments with my spouse were way worse when I was on alcohol.’” —Josh Blum, addiction medicine physician, Denver Health [and assistant professor at the CU School of Medicine]Read more