While most of us realize the dangers of drinking and driving or long-term alcohol use, we many not fully grasp the risk of excessive alcohol consumption. According to a recent report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and published in Preventing Chronic Disease, alcohol use accounts for 1 in 10 deaths among working adults. Researchers reviewed death cases among working aged adults between 24 and 64, finding that approximately 88,000 deaths between 2006 and 2010 involved the excessive use of alcohol.
According to the report, many of the deaths did correspond to long-term alcohol abuse, including breast cancer, liver disease, and heart disease, but alcohol also triggered accidental and sudden death related to alcohol poisoning, motor vehicle collisions and violence. Our Charlotte personal injury attorneys are committed to providing strategic and experienced representation to victims of serious accidents and injury. In the event of an accidental death related to alcohol, including boating or motor vehicle collisions, our attorneys will perform an immediate and thorough investigation to identify the cause of the accident and hold responsible individuals and entities accountable.
Researchers qualified “excessive drinking” as consuming more than 4 drinks in one sitting for women and more than 5 drinks for men. Heavy drinking involves 8 or more drinks for women and 15 or more per week for me. Though the study focused on working-age adults, results also found that 5% of alcohol-related deaths involved those under the legal drinking age of 21. The study also found that of alcohol-related deaths, 70% of them involved males. The state with the highest rate of alcohol-related deaths was in New Mexico. According to the Centers for Disease Control, excessive alcohol use is a leading cause of preventable death.
CDC researchers used data from the Alcohol Related Disease Impact (ARDI) application and analyzed the number of alcohol-related deaths and the number of years lost. The ARDI includes 54 causes of death that researchers could directly link to alcohol use. The toll of excessive drinking is high and costs more than just Americans’ lives. According to the CDC, binge drinking costs the United States $224 billion per year due to lost productivity and reduced earnings among excessive drinkers.
While excessive drinkers may get themselves into high risk or dangerous situations, they are also more likely to cause harm to others. Excessive drinkers are more likely to have violent altercations, be involved in a drinking and driving accident, or cause accidental injury to another. If you or someone you love has been injured in an alcohol-related accident, it is important to consult with an experienced advocate who can review your case and protect your rights. Whether involved in DUI, a boating, motor-vehicle accident or injured in bar fight, you may be entitled to compensation.
Currently, the CDC is looking at ways to prevent excessive alcohol use. The agency is following recommendations from the Community Preventative Services Task Force to help reduce the social, economic and health risks related to excessive alcohol use. Some of the recommendations include increasing taxes on alcohol, regulating distributors and minimize the privatization of alcohol retail sales.
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