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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
August 20, 2014

Heavy Toll From Alcohol

JAMA. 2014;312(7):688. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.9637

Excessive alcohol consumption is responsible for 1 in every 10 deaths among working-age adults in the United States, according to a recent study.

Researchers used the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Alcohol-Related Disease Impact (ARDI) online application to calculate deaths and years of potential life lost attributable to excessive drinking. ARDI includes estimates of alcohol’s involvement in 54 causes of death.

The researchers defined excessive drinking as binge drinking in which on a single occasion men have 5 or more drinks or women have 4 or more drinks, heavy weekly alcohol consumption of 15 or more drinks for men or 8 or more for women, pregnant women who drink, or people younger than 21 years who drink alcohol.

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