Alaskan Sourdough Starter: Death and Alcohol
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Death and Alcohol


The Alaska Native birthrate is 36.5 for each 1000 population. The Native mortality rate is three times the national average. A significant percentage is alcohol related. Native Fetal Alcohol Syndrome rates are more than twice the national average. The pregnancy and birth rates among Alaska Native teens aged 15 – 19 is more than double compared to the lower 48. The suicide rates of Alaskan Native men between the ages of 15 – 24 are the highest among any demographic in the country.

Approximately one in eleven Native children are in need of, or receive, child protection services. Nearly one in eight Native males between the ages of 14 – 17 have been involved with the juvenile justice system. In urban areas 60 percent of Alaska Native children enteri...

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