Alcohol- Still the Number One Cause of Premature Death

In a study conducted by the Center for Disease Control, it was determined that excessive alcohol consumption led to about 88,000 deaths of adults, ages 20 to 64, between 2006 and 2010. These results maintain alcohol as the leading cause of premature death in the United States, actually increasing by 12,000 deaths in 2004. Interestingly, 71% of the deaths related to excessive alcohol consumption were of males.

Men are more likely than women to drink excessively, especially binge drinking, having five or more alcoholic drinks in one occasion,” Dafna Kanny of the CDC said. “Among drivers in fatal motor vehicle crashes, men are almost twice as likely as women to have been intoxicated.”

Looking forward, what can be done? The CDC study offers solutions such as the use of alcohol screenings and counseling to health individuals who are consuming excessively, as well as an increased tax rate on alcoholic beverages and reducing the number of retail outlets that sell alcohol.

 

Read more here- “Alcohol Linked with 88,000 Premature Deaths Yearly,” (Martta Kelly, Live Science)

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Olivia is a graduate of Villanova University where she studied Economics and History, minoring in Gender and Women's Studies. She also has experience working with federal legislatures on health care policy, women's issues, and Internet safety.

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