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CDC: 1 In 10 Adult Deaths In US Caused By Excessive Drinking 454

An anonymous reader writes: According to new research from the CDC, 9.8% of deaths in working-age adults (22-64 years old) in the U.S. from 2006 to 2010 were "attributable to excessive drinking." This makes excessive drinking the fourth leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. The study included deaths from medical conditions, such as liver disease and alcohol-induced strokes, as well as deaths from alcohol-related events, like car accidents, homicides, and fall injuries. However, it did not account for cases where excessive alcohol consumption was a factor in contracting conditions like AIDS, pneumonia, and tuberculosis, so the count may actually be higher. Many western states with low population spread out over a large area showed the highest alcohol-related death rates, while states from the east coast and the midwest tended to be on the lower end of the spectrum. The study also tracked years of life lost, which is higher for alcohol-related deaths than for most other types of death. Researcher Robert Brewer said, "One of the issues with alcohol that is particularly tragic is the extent to which it gets people in the prime of their lives."
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CDC: 1 In 10 Adult Deaths In US Caused By Excessive Drinking

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  • I'll.... (Score:5, Funny)

    by Danzigism ( 881294 ) on Friday June 27, 2014 @10:59AM (#47332821)
    Drink to that.
  • Re:I'll.... (Score:2, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 27, 2014 @11:08AM (#47332919)

    I wonder if the study included drunken fatal events/stunts that started with the phrase "Hey y'all, check this out"

  • by nimbius ( 983462 ) on Friday June 27, 2014 @11:35AM (#47333175) Homepage
    The high mortality rate due to drinking amongst slashdotters can be directly attributed to physical and emotional abuse. Oracle, Microsoft, and SAP have ushered millions of nerds into an early grave from alcohol poisoning alone. the longterm effects of say, A peoplesoft migration however are much more destructive as theyre often worsened by the invisible culprit of change management. Taking a look at the youth of today, gateways like SCRUM and devops mean that not only are our future hackers drinking more at an early age, theyre forced to undergo gruelling "stand up" meetings that require then to concentrate all their effort into their creamy, underdeveloped legs to keep them aloft. the agony of being away from their natural habitat, the herman miller chair, coupled with the verbal and emotional abuse from phrases like swim-lanes and synergy amount to nothing short of an epidemic in IT.

    but you can take action to stop this. IT workers thrive in an environment of nerf, far away from their natural predator the project manager. warmed slices of pizza pie and refreshing caffeinated nectars are what can keep this endangered species of young codelings healthy and free from substance abuse. The presence of the rare git-push neckbeard, or in some collectives a majestic greyhair vax longbeard have confirmed that excessive drinking is in fact no longer a problem in many dimly lit, cool climate colonies.
  • by SaroDarksbane ( 1784314 ) on Friday June 27, 2014 @11:37AM (#47333213)
    But how many births are caused by excessive drinking?
  • Re:I'll.... (Score:4, Funny)

    by CanHasDIY ( 1672858 ) on Friday June 27, 2014 @11:53AM (#47333391) Homepage Journal

    I wonder if the study included drunken fatal events/stunts that started with the phrase "Hey y'all, check this out"

    No, no, no.

    It's "hold my beer and watch this!"

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