New Study Finds Excessive Alcohol Consumption Causes 10 Percent of Fatalities of Working-Age Adults


July 09, 2014

While it probably comes as little surprise to most people that alcohol consumption can increase the risk of injury or death, a new study quantifies the relationship between binge drinking and fatalities. The new study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that excessive alcohol use claimed the lives of 88,000 people between 2006 and 2010.

The researchers defined excessive drinking to include several different types of drinking patterns:

• Heavy weekly alcohol consumption
• Underage drinking
• Alcohol consumption during pregnancy
• Binge drinking

The study utilized the CDC's Alcohol-Related Disease Impact Tool, which is designed to estimate the number of fatalities attributable to alcohol consumption. The federal agency indicates that this is the first national report on fatalities related to alcohol. Unlike studies that focus on alcoholism that affects only a small portion of the U.S. population, this study also included non-addicted drinkers who occasionally binge on alcohol.

The authors conclude that alcohol has an enormous adverse societal impact. Seventy percent of the alcohol-related deaths in the study involved individuals ranging from 20 to 64, so working age adults were the age group hardest hit. Further, individuals whose deaths were related to excessive alcohol use had their lives shortened by an average of 30 years. Collectively, this information suggests that along with the significant loss of life and medical costs of alcohol-related injuries and death, the loss of productivity caused by excessive drinking is enormous. The study concluded that one in ten deaths of working-age adults was attributable to excessive consumption of alcohol.

The research focused on both short-term long-term ways that excessive alcohol use can cause fatalities, such as:

  • Liver disease
  • Heart disease
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Falls
  • Alcohol poisoning

The timing of the results of this study comes shortly around the Independence Day holiday when people tend to engage in unsafe activity after drinking. These high-risk activities include drunk driving, alcohol impaired boating, intoxicated swimming and related recreational activities. Alcohol compromises judgment, perception, reaction time and coordination so engaging in recreational activities like wakeboarding or riding an ATV while intoxicated is extremely dangerous. Our Atlanta personal injury attorneys urge everyone to always drink responsibly.

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