Alcohol leading cause of dying early
Drinking alcohol has been associated with a myriad of serious health conditions and legal problems and yet drinking alcohol remains very popular. Aside from the insidious setting in of liver disease and other illnesses from drinking too much lives are often ruined in a flash from drinking due to the setting off of dangerous behavior, engaging in risky sexual behavior while under the influence, alcohol poisoning, and motor vehicle crashes due to alcohol intoxication. Researchers have recently said that alcohol is a leading cause of premature death.
Drinking alcohol is a leading cause of premature mortality
Excessive alcohol consumption is actually a leading cause of premature mortality in the United States reported Preventing Chronic Disease. Researchers worked on updating national estimates of alcohol-attributable deaths (AAD) and years of potential life lost (YPLL) to alcohol in the United States.
The researchers discovered from 2006 through 2010 there was an annual average of 87,798 AAD and 2.5 million YPLL in the United States. During this period 9.8 percent of all deaths in the United States were attributable to excessive drinking among working-age adults. Furthermore, 69 percent of all AAD involved working-age adults.
Excessive drinking accounted for 1 in 10 deaths among working-age adults
The researchers concluded that excessive drinking accounted for 1 in 10 deaths among working-age adults across the United States. AAD rates were found to vary across states, but excessive drinking remains a leading cause of premature mortality across the entire country. The one in 10 deaths from excessive alcohol was seen in working-age adults between the ages of 20-64 in the United States reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a discussion of this research.
2.5 million years of potential life are lost each year due to excessive alcohol
Between 2006 to 2010 excessive alcohol use led to about 88,000 deaths. The lives of those who died was shortened by approximately 30 years. The deaths were found to be due to negative health effects from drinking too much over the course of time, such as:
1: Breast cancer
2: Liver disease
3: Heart disease
Negative health effects from drinking too much in a short period of time were also responsible for many of the deaths, and included:
2: Alcohol poisoning
3: Motor vehicle crashes
Overall there were about 2.5 million years of potential life lost each year due to excessive consumption of alcohol.
Excessive alcohol consumption is a leading cause of preventable death
Ursula E. Bauer, Ph.D., M.P.H., director of CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, has said that excessive alcohol consumption is a leading cause of preventable death that kills many Americans at the prime of their lives. Dr Ursula has suggested a redoubling of our efforts to implement scientifically proven public health approaches to decrease this tragic loss of life and the enormous economic costs that result.
Excessive drinking is noted to include:
1: Binge drinking (4 or more drinks on an occasion for women, 5 or more drinks on an occasion for men)
2: Heavy drinking (8 or more drinks a week for women, 15 or more drinks a week for men)
3: Alcohol use by pregnant women or those under the minimum legal drinking age of 21
Alcohol is clearly a highly addicting and dangerous drug. The glamorization of drinking alcohol in advertising campaigns and elsewhere such as in movies and TV programs makes everyone in the society a potential victim of alcohol abuse. This is a serious problem which must be confronted by all of us.
The aggressive successful marketing of alcohol which targets our youth as well as the elderly is an example of a sick society wherein life is made very cheap for merchants of poison who profit greatly at the expense of the well being of the individual. We really should work more aggressively together from every sector of our society to try to create a healthier society with the alcohol abuse problem kept clearly in mind.