Excessive Alcohol Use to Blame for 10% of Deaths Among U.S. Adults — Physician’s First Watch
Excessive Alcohol Use to Blame for 10% of Deaths Among U.S. Adults
By Amy Orciari Herman
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.