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

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June 27, 2014

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

By Amy Orciari Herman

Edited by André Sofair, MD, MPH, and William E. Chavey, MD, MS

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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