I saw a new study today that says people tend to consume more alcohol when the cold weather hits.  One of the reasons they sited was that when you become drunk, you increase blood flow to your skin and get warmer.  I always assumed that you're just as cold, you just don't care as much when you've got a good buzz going.

So, if cold weather makes people drink, then places with cold winters should have more drinkers, right?  I decided to check the CDC's site and Montana is in the top percentile for liver disease mortality.  Think drinking has nothing to do with that?  Well, the state with the lowest is Utah, so it actually makes a lot of sense.

From CDC.gov

MT Leading Causes of Death, 2016 Deaths Rate*** State Rank* U.S. Rate**
1.  Heart Disease 2,138 154.4 30th 165.5
2. Cancer 2,031 145.9 41st 155.8
3. Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease 722 51.9 11th 40.6
4. Accidents 626 54.1 22nd 47.4
5. Stroke 440 32.5 39th (tie) 37.3
6. Alzheimer’s Disease 314 22.6 41st 30.3
7. Diabetes 311 23.6 16th 21.0
8. Suicide 267 25.9 1st 13.5
9. Chronic Liver Disease/Cirrhosis 160 13.6 6th 10.7
10. Kidney Disease 155 11.3 30th (tie) 13.1

 

As you can see, there are 8 other things more likely to kill you, but we're still 6th in the nation for liver disease.  Go easy on the booze this winter.  You can't live without your liver (hence the name).