This is the deadliest day of the week, according to science
This is a very common scenario: The end of the work week is coming, you're tired, you want to pass out, and you're thinking about whether to go out for the weekend or not. Maybe you talk to friends to see what they're going to do to go out on Friday, or maybe you decide to stay home on Friday and go out on Saturday.
You have to be careful on Sunday, because the new work week starts, so you have to rest enough, etc., etc. But beware: Saturday is also the day of the week you are most likely to die. But why on Saturday? Because this is confirmed by data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from 1999 to 2014.
According to them, certain forms of unnatural death - especially death from road accidents and drug overdose - culminate on Saturdays. Why? Because people engage in more dangerous behaviors on this day, especially behaviors related to alcohol abuse, such as drunk driving.
1,640 people die every Saturday from these types of deaths and that's just in the United States. It is also important to note that "traffic deaths" include both drunk drivers and victims hit by drunk drivers.
Looking at the week as a whole, deaths related to risky behavior increase on the weekend and fall in the middle of the week. In fact gun deaths peak on Sunday, not Saturday (Saturday is second). Meanwhile, the number of heart attack deaths remains steady throughout the week, except on Monday when it peaks.
A 2005 analysis from the European Journal of Epidemiology reached a similar conclusion. According to the World Health Organization, the 10 leading causes of death in 2019 accounted for 55 percent of all deaths globally.
So about 9 million people worldwide died that year from heart disease, while 200,000 died from car accidents. This means that no matter the circumstances, you're still more likely to have a heart attack on Saturday than to overdose or get hit by a car. In general, more populous states have more deaths.
Originally published on Bota.al