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Excessive drinking causes 1 in 10 adult deaths: US

Published on Jun 27, 2014 12:40 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Excessive alcohol consumption causes one in 10 deaths among United States adults, whether because of accidents or medical conditions that arise from long-term drinking, research showed on Thursday.

Each year, alcohol-related deaths cost the US economy US$224 billion (S$280.5 billion), mainly in lost productivity, said a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The report in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease said 10 percent of deaths of people aged from 20 to 64 - a total of 88,000 deaths per year - are linked to excessive alcohol.

"These deaths were due to health effects from drinking too much over time, such as breast cancer, liver disease, and heart disease," said the study. Others were "from drinking too much in a short period of time, such as violence, alcohol poisoning, and motor vehicle crashes".

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