Blog | Monday, June 30, 2014

QD: News Every Day--Alcohol related to 1 in 10 deaths among adults, CDC reports

One of every 10 deaths among working-age adults can be attributed to excessive drinking, according to a CDC report released last week.

Researchers estimated total alcohol-attributable deaths and years of potential life lost across 54 conditions in the U.S. by age and sex among adults age 20 to 64 years, using the CDC's Alcohol-Related Disease Impact application for 2006 to 2010. During this time period, they found an annual average of 87,798 alcohol-attributable deaths and 831.6 years of potential life lost in the U.S. Overall, 9.8% of U.S. deaths from 2006 to 2010 could be attributed to excessive drinking.

The researchers noted that data on alcohol consumption were based on self-report and that deaths of former drinkers were not included, among other limitations. However, they concluded that excessive alcohol consumption has substantial consequences in the United States. They recommended that such interventions as raising taxes on alcohol could help decrease excessive consumption.

The full report is available online.