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Alcohol Abuse Responsible for 10 Percent of Adult Deaths

Binge drinking, the most common form of excessive alcohol consumption, is defined as five drinks for a man and four drinks for a woman on one occasion.

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By Brian Slupski

Excessive alcohol is a leading cause of death among working-age adults, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported.

The CDC report found that 9.8 percent of deaths from 2006 to 2010 of people aged 20 to 64 was caused by excessive drinking. "[Alcohol-Attributable Death] rates vary across states, but excessive drinking remains a leading cause of premature mortality nationwide," the CDC report states.

The New York Times noted that the CDC report utilized a tool called the Alcohol-Related Disease Impact application to estimate deaths. The newspaper reported that the deaths counted by the CDC included car crashes, alcohol poisoning, and liver and heart disease.

"Excessive alcohol use is the fourth leading preventable cause of death in the United States," the CDC report states

Excessive alcohol use includes binge drinking, which is defined as five drinks for a man and four drinks for a woman on one occasion. For a week it is defined as at least 15 drinks for men and 8 drinks for women. The CDC also counted drinking among pregnant women.

"Binge drinking, the most common form of excessive alcohol consumption, usually results in acute intoxication and is responsible for over half of deaths and three-quarters of the economic costs of excessive drinking," the CDC report states.

The New York Times reported one in six adults binge drank four times a month. The newspaper wrote that binge drinking was rising after having leveled off in the early 2000s.

Excessive drinking ranked fourth in terms of preventable deaths in the U.S. after smoking, poor nutrition and physical inactivity, the New York Times reported.
Ken Lewis July 10, 2014 at 12:50 AM
The thing I find interesting is women are dead set against people that smoke but the major majority of them drink regularly. I suppose they justify it because booze won't give them lung cancer. So who cares about liver cancer, hardening of the arteries, heart disease, kidney failure, abdominal and bowel cancer and a permanent lose of thousands of brain cells with each drink. I have yet to see one report of a driver under the influence of nicotine killing anyone while driving. So heres lookin at ya drink up and put that cigarette out before ya kill somebody with second hand smoke and just use a car.
Amanda Reckenwithe July 11, 2014 at 04:20 PM
THAT'S it!! I'm not hanging around, with any more dead people!
LCT July 11, 2014 at 10:06 PM
Driving under influence of alcohol or drugs stats DO NOT include accidents caused by an impaired driver who did something stupid, caused an accident, but wasn't in the accident. Cutting someone off, weaving in high-speed traffic, crossing center line, stopping short, running stop signs/street lights, etc. can cause an accident without offending party being in the accident. These drivers are oblivious and merrily drive on their way.
cardiclash July 13, 2014 at 03:42 PM
For those with the disease of alcoholism to drink is to die and I don't want to die. This stuff is bad all around. Drunk drivers are the most self centered, cowardly people on earth.
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