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10% of Deaths Among Working Age Adults Linked to Heavy Alcohol Abuse

Director of CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Ursula E. Bauer, Ph.D., M.P.H., recently stated that “Excessive alcohol use is a leading cause of preventable death that kills many Americans in the prime of their lives. We need to redouble our efforts to implement scientifically proven public health approaches to reduce this tragic loss of life and the huge economic costs that result.” These deaths were preventable, and they were the result of health problems caused by heavy alcohol abuse. The health problems that resulted from the heavy substance abuse over an extended time included liver disease, heart disease, and breast cancer. Other alcohol abuse related deaths were caused by alcohol poisoning, violence fueled by alcohol use, and vehicle accidents resulting from heavy alcohol abuse.

The author of the latest study, Robert Brewer, M.D., M.S.P.H., who is the head of the Alcohol Program at the CDC, said ““It’s shocking to see the public health impact of excessive drinking on working-age adults. CDC is working with partners to support the implementation of strategies for preventing excessive alcohol use that are recommended by the Community Preventive Services Task Force, which can help reduce the health and social cost of this dangerous risk behavior.” The study was recently published in the publication Preventing Chronic Disease, and it shows that heavy alcohol abuse can have cumulative effect sin the body. This is not a problem just in the USA, Canada and other countries in North America also have high death rates which are ties to substance abuse and heavy alcohol abuse.

 

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