Overall, researchers found men died of alcohol-related causes in 2017 at a higher rate than women. But when analyzing annual increases in deaths, the largest increase was among white women. Eric Risberg/AP hide caption toggle caption Eric Risberg/AP Health U.S. Alcohol-Related Deaths Have Doubled, Study Says January 8, 2020 Nearly 73,000 people died from liver disease and other alcohol-related illnesses in 2017, up from just under 36,000 deaths in 1999. Alcohol was even more deadly than illicit drugs, including opioids.