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, 53 (37), 866-70

Alcohol-attributable Deaths and Years of Potential Life lost--United States, 2001

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Alcohol-attributable Deaths and Years of Potential Life lost--United States, 2001

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep.

Abstract

Excessive alcohol consumption is the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States and is associated with multiple adverse health consequences, including liver cirrhosis, various cancers, unintentional injuries, and violence. To analyze alcohol-related health impacts, CDC estimated the number of alcohol-attributable deaths (AADs) and years of potential life lost (YPLLs) in the United States during 2001. This report summarizes the results of that analysis, which indicated that approximately 75,766 AADs and 2.3 million YPLLs, or approximately 30 years of life lost on average per AAD, were attributable to excessive alcohol use in 2001. These results emphasize the importance of adopting effective strategies to reduce excessive drinking, including increasing alcohol excise taxes and screening for alcohol misuse in clinical settings.

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