Year: 2002 Source: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v.32, no.3, (Fall 2002), p.240-255 SIEC No: 20031303

The relationship between alcohol use prior to suicide was explored among American Indians in New Mexico for the years 1980 through 1998. Analyses indicated that alcohol use prior to suicide was significantly more associated with male suicides than females, & it was negatively correlated for those who died by overdose & also those using other drugs at suicide. The presence of alcohol was found to be an important factor in over two thirds of all completed suicides among the Indians of New Mexico. (84 refs)