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CDC Reports Excessive Alcohol Use Is a Leading Cause of Preventable Death

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study published in a recent Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report cites excessive alcohol use as a leading cause of preventable death and potential life lost from 2006–2010. In the 11 states examined, a median of 1,600 deaths occurred and 43,000 years of life were lost each year due to excessive drinking, with the highest death rate in New Mexico. The study shows that approximately 70 percent of the deaths involved working-aged adults, with most deaths attributed to white non-Hispanics. According to the CDC, the information it collects from such data supports the implementation of prevention strategies, including increasing the price of alcohol and limiting alcohol outlet density, used to curtail excessive drinking.