CDC: One in 10 Deaths Due to Excessive Drinking

Findings among all deaths in U.S. working-age adults, although rates vary by state

THURSDAY, June 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly one in 10 deaths among working-age adults in the United States are attributable to excessive drinking, according to a study published online June 26 in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Preventing Chronic Disease.

Mandy Stahre, Ph.D., M.P.H., from the Washington State Department of Health in Olympia, and colleagues used the CDC's Alcohol-Related Disease Impact application (2006 to 2010) to estimate total alcohol-attributable deaths (AADs) and years of potential life lost (YPLL) across 54 conditions.

The researchers found that there was an annual average of 87,798 AADs (27.9/100,000 population) and 2.5 million YPLL (831.6/100,000) in the United States. There was variance in age-adjusted AAD rates by state, ranging from 51.2/100,000 in New Mexico to 19.1/100,000 in New Jersey. Nearly 10 percent of all deaths among working-age adults were attributable to excessive drinking, and 69 percent of all AADs involved working-age adults.

"AAD rates vary across states, but excessive drinking remains a leading cause of premature mortality nationwide," the authors write.

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