Excessive Alcohol Use to Blame for 10% of Deaths Among U.S. Adults

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The article below was written by Amy Orciari Herman, edited by André Sofair, MD, MPH, and William E. Chavey, MD, MS, and was originally published on www.jwatch.org.

One in ten deaths among working-age adults in the U.S. is attributable to excessive alcohol consumption, according to an analysis published in Preventing Chronic Disease.

CDC researchers used an online tool (the Alcohol-Related Disease Impact application) to estimate the number of deaths from 54 alcohol-related causes across the U.S. from 2006 through 2010. During that time, the annual rate of alcohol-attributable deaths was 27.9 per 100,000 population. The most frequent chronic cause of alcohol-attributable death was alcoholic liver disease, while the most common acute cause was motor vehicle accident.

Overall, 9.8% of all deaths among adults aged 20 to 64 were due to excessive alcohol use.

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Contribution of Excessive Alcohol Consumption to Deaths and Years of Potential Life Lost in the United States

Alcohol and Public Health: Alcohol-Related Disease Impact (ARDI)

Alcoholism: Definition, Symptoms, Treatment – Mayo Clinic

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