Alcohol deaths are highest among working age adults
I talk about this all the time – that alcohol is actually a poison, and should be treated with respect for special occasions only, but the marketing for its so called ‘health benefits’ is very strong.
“Excessive alcohol use is a leading cause of preventable death. It really is right up there with tobacco and physical inactivity, especially among working-age adults”
Lead author Katy Gonzales, an alcohol epidemiologist with the Michigan Department of Community Health, March 2014.
The March 14, 2014 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found:
- Almost 70% of alcohol-related deaths and 80% of ‘years of life lost’ come from adults aged 20-64
- Alcohol caused a median of 1,650 deaths each year between 2006 and 2010
- This equated to a median of 43,000 potential years of life lost
- The data took into account diseases in which alcohol is a direct cause, such as alcoholic liver disease, as well as diseases in which alcohol serves as a contributing factor, such as high blood pressure or stroke
Study from death-certificate and alcohol-consumption data from 11 states; California, Florida, Michigan, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin, as released on March 14, 2014 in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As reported by Health Day News on March 18, 2014.