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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Excessive Drinking Deaths Among Working Age Adults

Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a report indicating that in the United States one in 10 deaths among working-age adults, ages 20-64 years, were due to excessive alcohol consumption, reports Science Daily.

Approximately 88,000 deaths per year from 2006 to 2010 involved excessive alcohol use, cutting lives short by about 30 years. Excessive drinking over time led to deadly health effects, such as liver disease, heart disease, and even breast cancer. Drinking too much at one time, binge drinking, led to alcohol poisoning, car wrecks, and violence.

The research showed that nearly 70 percent of the deaths involved working-age adults, and about 70 percent of the deaths were male. People under the age of 21 who died due to excessive drinking made up about 5 percent of the total deaths. New Mexico had the highest alcohol-related death rate, 51 deaths per 100,000 population and New Jersey had the lowest 19.1 per 100,000.

"Excessive alcohol use is a leading cause of preventable death that kills many Americans in the prime of their lives," said Ursula E. Bauer, Ph.D., M.P.H., director of CDC's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. "We need to redouble our efforts to implement scientifically proven public health approaches to reduce this tragic loss of life and the huge economic costs that result."

The report was published in Preventing Chronic Disease.

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