Alcohol: Another dangerous vice

Along with taking cocaine, Dr. Kiersten Cerveny’s autopsy revealed she had large quantities of alcohol in her blood, and several people attested to seeing her drinking heavily both the night she died and two days before the incident. Although not considered an alcoholic, Cerveny’s tragic death also brings to light the dangers of alcohol poisoning and how easily it can be overconsumed and abused.

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, in 2015, 15.1 million adults aged 18 and older were diagnosed with an alcohol addiction. Of that staggering number, less than 7% received treatment for their condition. Consequently, every year, an estimated 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes, making it the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States. This statistic also includes fatalities due to drunk driving, indicating the breadth of alcohol’s harmful effects when consumed in excess.

As Kiersten Cerveny’s case has shown, it only takes one night of overindulgence to lead to tragedy, so it’s best to take such vices in moderate measure.