CDC: Over-drinking Claims 88K U.S. Lives

    BRISTOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 05:  A drinker enjoys a pint of beer which is currently being sold in outlets of the pub chain JD Wetherspoon for 99p a pint on January 5, 2009 in Bristol, England. The company, which operates 713 pubs across the UK, claims it is offering cash-strapped drinkers some cheer, offering "indefinite" reductions on some beer, bottled lager, wine and spirits, plus 2.99 GBP meals. However health charities claim the move may spark a price war and lead to more irresponsible and binge drinking.  (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

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    Every year from 2006 to 2010, binge drinking, excessive weekly consumption of alcohol and drinking while underage or pregnant claimed 88,000 lives, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That amounts to one in 10 deaths of people between the ages of 20 and 64 years old, meaning that a person who died under these circumstances lost an average of 30 years from their lifespan. “We’re talking about a large economic impact, people who are contributing to society,” epidemiologist Mandy Stahre, one of the authors of the study, told USA Today. “They’re in the prime of their lives, whether they’re building up careers or midcareer. A lot of attention we tend to focus on is maybe college drinking or just drunk driving.” Stahre hopes that the statistics will lead to increased regulations, such as an increased tax on alcoholic beverages sold in stores.

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