Middle-aged white American men are dying more
The mortality rate for people 45 to 54 has dropped significantly in in the last two decades, in Europe and in the US. Except, it has risen significantly for American white men without a college education. Who are dying more from liver disease, drug overdoses, and suicide. The Atlantic article describing this lumps these under the rubric of despair, and points to the divergence over that time between economic expectations and reality for this group.
Reading that, I couldn’t help but think of the country music that was popular in their youth, full of despair. This article from a few years back mourns its passing.