What is the epidemiology of alcoholic ketoacidosis (AKA)?

Updated: Aug 27, 2020
  • Author: George Ansstas, MD; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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The 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) stated that 15.1 million adults aged 18 years or older in the United States (equaling 6.2% of people in this age group) suffer from alcohol use disorder. The rate of US alcohol-related deaths is estimated to be 88,000 people per year. [16]

The prevalence of AKA in a given community correlates with the incidence and distribution of alcohol abuse in that community. No racial or sexual differences in incidence are noted.

Age-related differences in incidence

AKA can occur in adults of any age; however, it most often develops in persons aged 20-60 years who are chronic abusers of alcohol. Rarely, AKA occurs after a binge in persons who are not chronic drinkers. Recently, a case report was published of an 11 year-old boy who presented in AKA after drinking ethanol-based mouthwash. [17]

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