Alcohol Behind Deaths Among Working-Age U.S. Adults

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WASHINGTON: Excessive alcohol consumption is responsible for one in 10 deaths among working-age adults aged 20-64 years in the U.S., a new study has warned. According to a report from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), excessive alcohol use led to approximately 88,000 deaths per year from 2006 to 2010, and shortened the lives of those who died by about 30 years in the U.S.



These deaths were due to health effects from drinking too much over time, such as breast cancer, liver disease, and heart disease; and health effects from drinking too much in a short period of time,



such as violence, alcohol poisoning, and motor vehicle crashes. In total, there were 2.5 million years of potential life lost each year due to excessive alcohol use.



Nearly 70 per cent of deaths due to excessive drinking involved working-age adults, and about 70 percent of the deaths involved males. About 5 percent of the deaths involved people under age 21. The highest death rate due to excessive drinking was in New Mexico (51 deaths per 100,000 population), and the lowest was in New Jersey (19.1 per 100,000).



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Source: PTI
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