ATLNATA (CBS Atlanta) – According to a new study, one in 10 deaths among working-age adults is due to excessive alcohol.

Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that excessive alcohol led to an average of about 88,000 deaths per year between 2006 and 2010. The study found that these deaths were due to health problems caused from too much drinking in a short period of time. Some of these health effects were violence, alcohol poisoning, and motor vehicle accidents. There were 2.5 million years of potential life lost each year due to excessive alcohol use.

The researchers found that nearly 70 percent of deaths due to excessive drinking involved working-age adults. Working age adults were considered to be between 20 and 64 years old.  About 70 percent of the deaths involved males and about 5 percent were people under 21.

“Excessive alcohol use is a leading cause of preventable death that kills many Americans in the prime of their lives,” Ursula E. Bauer, Ph.D., M.P.H, director of CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, said in a press release.  “We need to redouble our efforts to implement scientifically proven public health approaches to reduce this tragic loss of life and the huge economic costs that result.”

Excessive drinking includes binge drinking, heavy drinking, alcohol used by women who are pregnant, and anyone under the legal drinking age.

The scientist from the CDC analyzed data from the Alcohol-Related Disease Impact application for 2006-2010.

“It’s shocking to see the public health impact of excessive drinking on working-age adults,” Robert Brewer, M.D., M.S.P.H, head of CDC’s Alcohol Program and co-author on this study, said. “CDC is working with partners to support the implementation of strategies for preventing excessive alcohol use that are recommended by the Community Preventive Services Task Force, which can help reduce the health and social cost of this dangerous risk behavior.”

The highest death rate was in New Mexico while the lowest was in New Jersey.

The study was published in Preventing Chronic Disease.


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