New study: Alcohol cause of nearly 80,000 deaths a year

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Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 11:10am

A new study links alcohol use to early death. The information published by the Journal Addiction found nearly 80-thousand people die as a result of drinking alcohol each year in North and Latin America. Men accounted for 84-percent of alcohol-related deaths.

So how much is too much? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heavy drinking is defined as consuming more than one drink per day for women and two drinks for men. One drink is considered 0.6 ounces of pure alcohol, equivalent to a 12-ounce beer, 1.5 ounces of 80-proof liquor, or a 5-ounce glass of wine.

Researchers found liver disease was the most common cause of death. According to the study, there is a wide range of diseases and conditions linked to alcohol use including heart disease, stroke, epilepsy, falls, suicides, transport-related injuries, and interpersonal violence.

According to the study...the risk of dying from alcohol consumption also differed by age group. In Argentina, Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, Paraguay and the USA, the highest mortality rates were seen among those aged 50-69 years.

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