The life expectancy of middle-aged and younger white Americans has slightly declined for the first time in decades, and scientists are blaming substance abuse as a main cause.
Other driving factors include alcohol-related liver disease and suicides, says the National Center for Health Statistics.
The reduction in life expectancy for white Americans is being blamed on the “suffering and anxiety” among working-class whites brought about by the 2007 recession and massive unemployment. The concurrent rise in drug and alcohol abuse and suicides is consistent with the tensions resulting from the economic collapse.
The drop in life spans occurred in 2014, following a leveling-off that began in 2010. Before […]