Year: 1998 Source: Journal of Studies on Alcohol, v.59, (July 1998), p.455-461 SIEC No: 20031335

The objective of this article was to analyze time series data on per capita alcohol consumption & suicide mortality between 1934 & 1987, in order to test the hypothesis that increases in per capita consumption are associated with increases in suicide mortality overall & in gender & age subgroups. This study also examines whether the effect of per capita consumption on subsequent rates of suicide is influenced by other aggregate factors. Unemployment was significantly related to suicide & was shown to confound its relationship with alcohol consumption. (34 refs)