Link between Lithium in Drinking Water and Suicide Rates Confirmed

The first-ever meta-analysis of studies of lithium in drinking water, conducted by a team of researchers from the United Kingdom, confirmed the link between the higher levels of lithium in the public water supply and lower rates of suicide mortality in the local population.Link between Lithium in Drinking Water and Suicide Rates Confirmed

The analysis included data from 1,286 localities across Japan, Austria, the US, England, Greece, Italy, and Lithuania. On average, lithium levels found in the drinking water samples ranged from 3.8 μg/L to 46.3 μg/L, with a few communities peaking above 80 μg/L.

Lead author of the review Anjum Memon, epidemiologist, from Brighton and Sussex Medical School, says: “It is promising that higher levels of trace lithium in drinking water may exert an anti-suicidal effect and have the potential to improve community mental health.”

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