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How common is death by suicide in European countries?

Among young and middle-aged people, especially men, suicide currently is a leading cause of death. Youth suicide is a particular European problem. A high correlation exists between suicide and alcohol. Binge drinking in young people is another area of high correlation with suicide, and in this trend women are catching up to their male counterparts. Nevertheless, elderly persons have the highest suicide rates in Europe.
The European Union reports that, on average, men ages 20-44 are four times more likely than women to die by suicide. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in this age group, after transport accidents. The three Baltic States reported the highest rates of suicide in this age group among men: Lithuania, 90 deaths per 100,000; Estonia, 55 deaths; and Latvia, 54 deaths. Lithuanian women in this age group had the highest rate of suicide, at 12 deaths per 100,000.

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