Alcohol deaths are climbing but proposed reforms are controversial

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, deaths from over-drinking doubled from 35,914 in 1999 to 72,558 in 2017 – deaths from alcohol are even higher than deaths from opioids, which totalled 49,060 in 2017. And the data doesn’t account for other downsides of over-drinking, including violence, fetal alcohol syndrome, or productivity costs of alcoholism.