Study Examines States with Highest Alcohol-related Deaths

By: CBS News/ WSAW Staff
By: CBS News/ WSAW Staff

The government says alcohol is responsible for one in every 10 deaths of Americans aged 20 to 64. A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that excessive drinking not only leads to fatal car crashes and violence but also deadly cases of breast cancer, and liver and heart disease. About 70 percent of drinking deaths involved men.

Wisconsin had 46,442 deaths from 2006-2010. Of those deaths, 1,706 had alcohol as a contributing factor. The average age of the victim was 28.5-years-old.

New Mexico had the highest rate of death from drinking and New Jersey had the lowest.

Average Annual Number of Deaths and Alcohol-Attributable Deaths (AAD) by State, United States, 2006-2010

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